DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome Developmental Center is set to become a drug treatment facility.
"For two years, one of my top priorities was to bring a long-term treatment center to Broome County," Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said during his budget address a month ago. "That is going to happen."
The Broome Developmental Center campus is made up of 11 buildings, totaling around 400,000 square feet.
"The State is providing us an annual $3 million grant for a treatment facility at Broome Developmental Center," Garnar said last month. "No local tax dollars will be spent on this life saving treatment center. This project repurposes a huge, unused building and it will create 70 good paying jobs here in Broome County."
The treatment center is needed. Several local leaders, organizations and most importantly those in need of help have been demanding more treatment.
The heroin and opioid epidemic has already claimed the lives of 55 people in Broome County this year.
Currently, the property is owned by the state and the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is using the building for "administrative purposes" and local state business. It houses roughly 110 employees.
The OPWDD did not return our request for comment about its future in the building.
Local leaders will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss this project further.