The auction of the property for the first time is expected to raise $200 million to fund research on children with intellectual disabilities.
The sale of the site of the National Gardner Auditorium, home of the Gardner School, to the U.S. Army in 2017 was an historic moment for the Gardener community, said Mark Gardner, president of the organization.
“The National Gardener Auditorium has a very special place in our hearts,” Gardner said.
“It is a sacred place and I am grateful that the Army and other private entities will be using the facility to bring people with intellectual disability to the classroom and beyond.”
The auction has been under consideration since 2014 and was approved by the U: Armed Forces Committee, a group of veterans, military personnel and elected officials.
The auction will be held on June 17 and 18.
The auction proceeds will go toward research and development for the Center for the Study of Learning with Intellectual Disabilities, a non-profit, dedicated to advancing the knowledge of learning with intellectual impairments, Gardner explained.
The center is currently working to improve the quality of the learning environment at the campus, and it is planning to expand its learning centers and support students with disabilities, he said.