Aldermen given update on progress of addiction recovery center

The New Hampshire Union Leader
By Paul Feely 
December 2017

MANCHESTER — City aldermen received an update Tuesday on efforts to transform the former Hoitt’s Furniture Building on Wilson Street into a multi-level addiction recovery center.

In the fall of 2015, a group consisting of local developer Dick Anagnost, Andy Crews, president and CEO of AutoFair, and Melissa Crews, former chairman of the board of directors of HOPE for NH Recovery, announced plans to purchase the building at 267 Wilson St., with the goal of putting multiple services for recovering addicts under one roof.

The renovation of the four-story, 43,000-square-foot building includes five specific development initiatives, according to Leon LaFreniere, the city’s director of planning. Thus far, $2,486,575 in city funds have been dedicated to the development of this facility, according to LaFreniere.

Upon completion, the building will be occupied by Hope For NH Recovery Center, the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, Housing Benefits Inc. (Families in Transition), and a health care provider that has yet to be identified. In addition to intensive outpatient programming, the building will include 21 units of recovery housing.

“The healthcare provider was one of our top priorities for this building,” said Alderman Pat Long of Ward 3. “We have a big investment in this building. I hope the healthcare provider comes to fruition.”

LaFreniere provided an update on all five initiatives.

• Hope for NH Recovery services, 1st floor — $700,000 of public and private financing have been used to retrofit approximately 12,000-square-feet of space for the Hope for NH Recovery Manchester Center. The project was completed in October 2016 and Hope for NH Recovery currently occupies the space. Financing for this portion of the project includes $300,000 of city community improvement funds; $350,000 of NH Community Development Finance Authority funds; and $50,000 of Hope for NH Recovery Services funds.

• Future Health Care Provider, 1st floor — Approximately 2,400-square-feet of space has been proposed for a health care clinic. No city funds have been dedicated to this space at this time. Developers estimate the budget for this project will come in at $355,350. A tenant for this space has yet to be identified.

• Housing Benefits Inc., 2nd floor — $2.6 million of public and private financing has been appropriated for the second floor to develop: 11 recovery housing units (8,713-square-feet); 5,614-square-feet of office space to accommodate intensive outpatient programming; and 1,333-square-feet of common area. The project will provide housing and staff oversight to 11 single women.

The construction contract has been awarded and work is scheduled to begin before the end of the month, with a projected completion date of June 2018.

Financing includes $1,655,323 of city HOME funds; $122,000 of NH Community Development Finance Authority funds; and $825,000 of Housing Benefits Inc. funds.

• Housing Benefits Inc., 3rd floor — $1.3 million of public and private financing appropriated for the development of eight congregate recovery housing units (6,731-square-feet); 1,157-square-feet of intensive outpatient programming office space; and 480-square-feet of common area. Similar to the second floor initiative, this project will provide housing and staff oversight to 12 single women.

Financing includes $531,252 of city HOME funds; $720,000 of NH Housing Finance Authority funds; and $100,000 of Housing Benefits Inc. funds. Construction began last month, and is scheduled to be completed before the end of April 2018.

• The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, 4th floor — $1.1 million of public and private financing appropriated for the development of four congregate housing units (1,262-square-feet); 3,240-square-feet of office space to accommodate intensive outpatient programming; and 382-square-feet of common area.

No city funds were provided for this occupant. The project was completed in June 2017 and is currently occupied by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Mobile Crisis Response Team.

To learn more about Families in Transition and all the ways that you can get involved, visit their website here.

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