Ground broken on Manchester drug recovery center
MANCHESTER — With $375,000 in hand, backers of the future Manchester Community Recovery Center on Tuesday marked the start of construction that will transform a closed furniture showroom into a drug recovery facility.
VIPs took ceremonial sledgehammers to an interior wall at the Hoitt Furniture Building on Wilson Street.
Within eight to 10 weeks, a recovery center will open on the first floor, said Manchester developer Dick Anagnost, one of the organizers behind the effort.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery will use the center to offer its recovery services, which range from sobriety meetings to yoga classes.
And recovery coaches will be able to funnel people to independent programs that can provide housing, health care, inpatient detox or treatment, mental health services and jobs with recovery-friendly employers, Anagnost said.
“This will be information central,” Anagnost said. “This is going to be what we lack in New Hampshire, a coordination point.”
He said the effort has received $350,000 in donations and federal grant money. AutoFair car dealer Andy Crews provided another $24,910 through his Driven for Hope campaign.
Anagnost said the money will be used to retrofit the first floor for ventilation, electricity, bathrooms and fire suppression.
As money comes in, the three upper floors will be retrofitted for housing and mental health services, he said.
Anagnost’s son, Alexander Anagnost, an opioid user in recovery for six years, will oversee the fit-up.
“This is going to make a big difference in what we’re doing in the city of Manchester,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. He said users who show at fire stations as part of his Safe Station program will end up at the recovery center.
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