Oct 30, 2015 1:48 PM

Plans announced for addiction recovery center in downtown Manchester

MANCHESTER — Ground zero in the city's drug epidemic is about to become ground zero in the fight against it.

According to the Union Leader, a coalition of local leaders plan to locate a new recovery center for addicts in the former Hoitt's furniture store on Wilson Street.

“The building we’ve chosen, we’re at ground zero in the city," said developer Dick Anagnost, who along with the president and CEO of Autofair and the head of the board of directors of Hope for N.H. Recovery, have agreed to purchase the building with plans to provide a variety of services to recovering addicts there.

“I employ over 650 people, and when this epidemic began hitting home, losing people within our organization, you really start to realize that you can’t stand idly by if you care about the community you are part of," said Andy Crew of Autofair, who is part of the effort.

Anagnost said he and Crews hope to close on the property within the next 30 days. The first floor of the 37,000-square-foot building would become the new home of Hope for NH Recovery, with other nonprofits such as Serenity Place possibly moving in at a later date.

Anagnost said the first phase would involved moving Hope for N.H. Recovery into about 7,500 square feet of the space in the spring. Later phases would involve setting up the third and fourth floors of the building for a short-term or long-term residential recovering center.

“This has been such a long time coming,” said Melissa Crews, chair of the board of directors of Hope for N.H. Recovery, which supports addiction recovery. "The things we will be able to do here, and the relief we can give to some of the other services ... the benefits from having a recovery center are immense.”

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