An adult addiction centre that has been proposed for the Town of Harbour Grace since 2010 is moving ahead.
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A public information session has been announced for Thursday, Feb. 6, and will take place at the Firefighter’s social building at 8 Bannerman Street in the town from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The facility, which will be located at the SPLASH centre (formerly St. Paul’s school) on Lady Lake Road, had some $2-million allocated for the start of the project in the 2010 budget.
In 2012, a contract was awarded to Homewood Health Centre Inc. of Guelph, Ontario for some $1.7 million to develop the functional program and complete the initial clinical management of the facility. It was slotted to last two-and-a-half years.
The town’s mayor, Terry Barnes, told The Compass he was looking forward to hearing the plans for the facility at the meeting. He is also excited to see the facility in the region — not just for jobs, but to help those affected by drug and alcohol dependencies.
“It’s a big problem in the area. We need to address it,” Barnes explained.
He also noted that former MHA Jerome Kennedy said the job positions would be filled from the immediate area first, something Barnes would also like to see happen.
The centre will house those ages 18 and over with addiction problems related from drugs and alcohol, and assist them by offering specialized treatment.
The provincial government will be accepting bids for the construction of the facility, which is expected to cost an additional $8-10 million, on Feb. 10.
The meeting is expected to give more in depth coverage and details on the project. It will be open to the general public.