Search continues to relocate inmate addiction treatment center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department continues to look for a new location to move their Western Mass. Correctional Alcohol Center.

The current facility, located on Howard Street in Springfield’s South End, houses more than 180 inmates from all four Western Mass counties, who receive addiction treatments. It is located right in the middle of the MGM casino construction project, which means it has to move.

Thursday evening, Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe announced the Econo Lodge on Burnett Road in Chicopee was being reviewed as a possible temporary location, but that has not been finalized.

The Sheriff’s Department has already missed their original March 31 move-out deadline. MGM says that a new May 1 deadline is being negotiated.

MGM also said that delaying the move beyond that date would “seriously interrupt MGM Springfield’s construction timeline, and could result in a delayed opening, as well as potentially millions lost in revenue to the city and state, vendor spend for local businesses, and payroll to local residents.”

The Sheriff’s Department told 22News that picking a new permanent location is a lengthy, multi-step process, because their services have such specific needs and requirements from a building.

Any property owner interested in being considered as the new location must send their proposal to the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, or DCAMM. The Sheriff’s Department said DCAMM reviews the proposed lease to see if it meets the treatment center’s requirements.

Thursday, DCAMM’s Chief of Staff, David C. Abdoo told 22News, “Proposals are ongoing and will be accepted until the premises have been identified and a lease has been executed. So it is a rolling process until satisfied. ”

Any proposals DCAMM approves can then be reviewed by the Sheriff’s department to see if it meets their needs fiscally and pragmatically.

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