By Bryan Dorr
Sunday, March 1, 2009, 10:58 AM PST
MILWAUKIE, Ore. – Under the cold, gray, drizzly February morning sky a backhoe chomps through a small 810 square-foot Milwaukie home and drops the splintered debris into the back of a dump truck.
This small ranch-style home in the southeast corner of Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood was demolished to make way for a new 5,400 square-foot, eight-bed secure residential treatment facility (SRTF).
Criminally insane patients under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board transitioning from the Oregon State Hospital and into the community would be residing in this facility.
The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association residents strongly opposed this facility for the past 15 months, citing reasons from public safety concerns regarding the patients criminal and violent history to the behemoth size was unfit for the neighborhood setting.
Construction on the new facility is expected to be competed by this fall.
ColumbiaCare Services, Inc., based in Medford, Ore., is the owner and the operator of the new SRTF located on SE Balfour Street in Milwaukie. They operate 14 residential treatment facilities and homes plus one four-bed secure home treating patients with psychogenic polydipsia (excessive thirst).
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek NDA: http://www.ardenwald.org/balfour.html
ColumbiaCares Services, Inc.: http://www.communitycares.info/