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Location DB > United States > Alabama > Mobile > Albert P. Brewer Developmental Center
Albert P. Brewer Developmental Center
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created by kengandalf on 12/3/2005 9:28 AM
last modified by Dayman on 6/20/2014 6:01 AM
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But what has caused Brewer to close for good is the poor condition of the buildings. After years of complaints that residents and visitors were having to weave past buckets placed in hallways to catch rain water, an engineering firm inspected the facility and found that 14 of the 15 buildings on the campus presented a "hazard to human life". It was later estimated that the cost to renovate or remodel the buildings would be between $6 to $8 million -- money that the financially-strapped department does not have
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
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Schillinger Road South
Mobile, Alabama
United States
Owner: State Of Alabama
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • flooding
  • gang activity
  •  Interesting Features
    Large Complex
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1973
    Closed: 2003
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    Brewer Center Will Not Reopen, Says Top Official
    By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
    July 23, 2001

    MOBILE, ALABAMA--"It is not feasible from a financial or programmatic standpoint to return to the Brewer campus."

    With those words, Kathy Sawyer, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation announced the end of the troubled Albert P. Brewer Developmental Center.

    Sawyer made the announcement Saturday during a meeting with about 70 parents of former Brewer Center residents, according to the Mobile Register.

    The 30-year-old facility that housed about 180 adults with mental retardation has become the focus of nine lawsuits related to abuse and neglect of its residents.

    Last summer, bites from fire ants were discovered on several residents of the state-run institution. One resident who has Rett syndrome, and is unable to speak or walk, was found in her bed covered with the poisonous fire ants and hundreds of bites. That resident's mother, who is the president of the "Friends of Brewer", has filed suit against the state alleging that staff members covered up the fact that they had not checked her daughter as often as they should have.

    The decision does help the state move closer to fulfilling its part of an agreement to down-size institutions.

    All of the residents were moved out of Brewer in February while the state made its decision as to what to do with the former campus. Saturday's meeting took place at the former campus of Emmett Poundstone mental health facility in Daphne, where about 80 Brewer Center residents were relocated.

    The Daphne facility is now being called "Brewer Bayside".

    Thanks to Lowizle for more history on this place
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     Future Plans
    The state has yet to decide what to do with the buildings and the land, which sits near a rapidly growing commercial district. Sales of one heavily wooded 40-acre parcel is estimated to bring the state about $4 million -- money that would stay within the division to possibly be used to enhance staff salaries.

    Firefighters are using this is a training area now.


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