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Kinghaven Treatment Centre undergoes expansion

The first phase of an expansion at Kinghaven Treatment Centre includes construction of a new building (on the left). Phase two will be renovation of the building constructed in 1981 (on the right).  - Vikki Hopes
The first phase of an expansion at Kinghaven Treatment Centre includes construction of a new building (on the left). Phase two will be renovation of the building constructed in 1981 (on the right).
— image credit: Vikki Hopes

A $4 million expansion at Kinghaven Treatment Centre in Abbotsford will replace older buildings on the site and increase client capacity.

Construction on the expansion of the facility – located at 31250 King Rd. – began about a month ago and is expected to be complete by spring 2015.

Milt Walker, executive director of the Kinghaven Peardonville House Society, said the project is being conducted in three phases.

Phase one, scheduled for completion in August, is a new residential portion that will replace buildings on the site that were constructed in 1946.

Walker said these buildings, part of the original Bethel Bible College, are in need of extensive costly repairs and will be torn down.

Phase two, scheduled for completion in October, involves renovating the current residence that was built in 1981.

Clients residing there will move into the new building during this phase.

Walker said the new and renovated residences will enable Kinghaven to expand its client base from 58 to 64, helping to alleviate a long waiting list for those in need of treatment.

The final portion of the project is the construction of new offices and other amenities, due to be finished next spring.

All phases of the project will complement the new George Schmidt Centre also located on the property. The centre provides second-stage housing for men wishing to continue their recovery, enabling them to stay for up to 18 months.

Kinghaven Treatment Centre opened in 1970 to provide addiction recovery and treatment services to men. Walker said it is the only one in the province that provides detox, stabilization and treatment all on one site.

β€œIt gives them (the clients) a really good solid base for healthy recovery, and hopefully they become productive citizens,” he said.

For information, visit kinghaven.ca.

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