HOLYOKE Mass. (WWLP) – 22News has been bringing you continuing coverage for months in the search for a permanent home for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addiction Center.
There has been a lot of opposition from North End neighbors in Springfield, over Sheriff Ashe’s proposed location on Wason Ave. Now Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is saying his city would like to keep the treatment program.
Since the correctional addiction center was bumped from Springfield’s South End by MGM construction, it’s been operating out of the former Holyoke Geriatric Authority building which is in a residential neighborhood.
Mayor Morse told 22News Friday there have been zero issues and he’s very open to it staying in the city. Morse said, “They’ve been a good neighbor here in the city. It’s been a revenue generator for us. It stabilized the building and that neighborhood to some extent. For us we see it as a great opportunity to keep them here in the city.”
After such strong opposition from North End neighbors, Sheriff Ashe reopened the siting process to accept public input. The 60 day proposal period ends November 6th. Sheriff Ashe said he’ll take input from across Hampden County, but he’d prefer to build in Springfield.