The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties are teaming up on a building project.

CABVI has acquired property adjacent to their headquarters on Kent Street in Utica and will begin construction on a $7 million vision rehabilitation and wellness center in a few months.

The agency has also purchased a building in Syracuse to be a permanent home for CABVI Syracuse Industries.

CABVI has secured funding from a number of public and private partners, including the Community Foundation.

Officials say the $14 million initiative will address the health and well being of people with vision loss for decades to come.

The agency is expected to create 20 new jobs in Utica, many of which will be occupied by people who are blind.