Fairview Recovery Develops New Plan for Binghamton Facility

An agency’s proposal to open a drug stabilization center in a Binghamton neighborhood is under review after its initial plan was rejected by a city commission.

Fairview Recovery Services wants to move an existing downtown facility to its East Side campus.

The current center is located at 247 Court Street off North Shore Drive. The building is just east of the new Binghamton Fire Department Headquarters complex which is currently under construction.

The Fairview Recovery Services substance abuse center at 247 Court Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The Fairview Recovery Services substance abuse center at 247 Court Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Fairview executive director Patrick Haley said the agency has outgrown the existing facility, which he says is outdated. He said “half is underground, which is not conducive” to help a recovering person.

Haley said moving the center to the Fairview Avenue campus made operational sense, allowing staff to be shared at that site. He said the change would “make it more affordable for the agency” and better for the patient.

Haley said the facility would not be a “crisis center” as some neighborhood residents have suggested. He said the center is a referral-based program, so people won’t just show up for help.

After the planning commission failed to approve Fairview’s initial site plan, Haley said “we have decided to pull the project at this stage” and prepare a new proposal.

A section of the Fairview Recovery Center campus north of Merrick Street on the east side of Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A section of the Fairview Recovery Center campus north of Merrick Street on the east side of Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The agency is now considering locating the stabilization center in the southwest corner of its campus. The original plan called for the facility to be built on the northeast corner of the property.

Haley said the proposed project would be funded entirely by New York State. He said the initial estimated cost of the move was just over $4 million. It is not yet known whether the revised project would cost more.

Haley said he hopes the agency will be able to submit a new plan to the city within a month or two.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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