×

Peterborough detox center gets approved, plans to open next year 

  • Jeff Kevan of TFMoran presents plans for a 64-bed detox center to the Planning Board during a site plan review on Monday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Jeff Kevan of TFMoran presents plans for a 64-bed detox center to the Planning Board during a site plan review on Monday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Peterborough Planning Board members Jerry Galus, Alan Zeller and Select Board liaison Tyler Ward discuss a plan for a detox center off Route 101 during the board’s Monday meeting.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2:47PM

The Peterborough Planning Board gave the final approval needed to a 64-bed detox center Monday night.

Proposed by the 1810 Realty Group, the detox center is planned to be constructed at 25 and 30 Bridge Street, located behind the Peterborough Plaza off Route 101.

In June, developers secured a variance from the zoning board allowing a detox center to operate in the village district, leaving the site plan review the last hurdle to clear before the center can be constructed.

John Christian, chief operating officer of Bridge Street Recovery Center, said in an interview Tuesday they will be moving forward with the process of obtaining building permits, and starting demolition work on some buildings on the property as soon as this fall.

“Our hope is to open and take our first clients by this time next year,” Christian said.

The need for this kind of treatment center is clear, Christian said. Per capita, New Hampshire is number two in the nation when it comes to overdose deaths, and number 49 when it comes to treatment beds available.

“There’s a huge gap, and we’re trying to fill that gap,” Christian said.

Detox is the “front end” of addiction treatment, Christian said, and one of the most complicated and structured because of the need for medical supervision of clients who are detoxing.

The facility will be about 30,000 square feet, and hold 32 beds for detoxing patients, and 32 for those post-detox, transitioning to the next stage of treatment.

It will be a closed facility, which means patients will check in for a period, usually of about 30 days, and will only leave when they are discharged and will receive no visitors.

Christian said the facility will provide between 50 and 70 new jobs for the area, including professional positions, including nurses, nurse practitioners, a medical director, clinicians and case managers, recovery specialists, support staff, housekeeping, maintenance, and billing and record keeping.

Though the size of the building would require nearly 50 parking spaces under the zoning ordinance, in preliminary consultations, the board told developers they would prefer to see as few parking spaces as possible. The final plan proposed 27 spots.

Select Board liaison and Planning Board member Tyler Ward said the two-story building and peaked roof would likely be visible from the roadways, and said he disliked the design elements of cupolas – an architectural feature that juts from the rooftop, and the dormer windows that project vertically from the roof.

“It doesn’t necessarily match the aesthetic of the downtown,” Ward said.

Planning Board member Joe Hanlon said he didn’t have the same issues. The features broke up the expanse of the roof, and it wasn’t against any of the requirements of the zoning ordinance, he said.

Developers, however, raised no objection to adjusting the plan, and agreed to remove the dormer windows and a curved window from the sides of the building, at the board’s preference.

“I had no problem with that,” Christian said. “It’ll be an attractive building that Peterborough can be proud of.”