Treatment centre up for final reading

Second phase of drug and alcohol centre would mean demolition of old building

While the Hammond area plan process has just started, the historic neighbourhood likely is already getting one new building.

Council voted Tuesday on final reading for a , a two-storey building planned for the triangular lot at 20581 Maple Cres.

The Innervisions Recovery Society is partnering with B.C. Housing in the 41-bed project, and partial funding has been supplied by the federal government through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

The first phase of the project would see construction of a facility with 17 beds on the western portion of the property.

A second phase of 24 beds would take place on the eastern portion, at 20591 Maple Cres., and would require demolition of the existing Maple Crescent Lodge. The building dates from the early 1900s and used to be known as the Hammond Cafe and Rooms.

However, the building is not on the district’s heritage register.

Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin, though, said the new building will be designed to fit in.

“It will respect the flavour and character of the neighbourhood in its architecture,” Mayor Ernie Daykin said Monday. Innervisions already operates Hannah House at the corner of Laity Street and Dewdney Trunk Road, which is a treatment centre with a 60-day drug and alcohol recovery program.