A backhoe takes a break as dump trucks swap out during the demolition of this 810 square-foot house to make way for a new 5,400 square-foot secure residential treatment facility. Photo by Bryan Dorr, Feb. 25, 2009.

House demolished to make way for SRTF

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).

More information:
Ardenwald-Johnson Creek NDA: http://www.ardenwald.org/balfour.html
ColumbiaCares Services, Inc.: http://www.communitycares.info/

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Char says ... on Tuesday, Mar 24 at 2:00 AM

great, that area is already full of perverts and crimminals. Add some Nuts to it now. What a lovely town it will be.

Bryan Dorr says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 11:13 PM

No one's leaving the neighborhood. Last fall, concealed weapons course booklets were available for anyone interested at one of the neighborhood association meetings.

Lee says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 7:23 PM

hmm destroy houses, hmm give the crimimnaly insane and criminals housing while the rest of us are either losing our houses or appartment? eh there something wrong here.Give law abiding people hosuing, give criminals institutions.

jim says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 5:36 PM

if you own a house in MILWAUKIE, Ore. you'd better sell it quick. the place is changing over to Criminally insane patients that will be released out the front door but never leave the area. SELL SELL NOW!

Jenni says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 3:39 PM

Seems like a waste of a house. Couldn't they have reused or recycled the windows and doors? People are losing their homes left and right, and here they just destroy one. Pity.

Bryan Dorr says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 12:23 PM

Oops. That should read "southwest" corner of Ardenwald. Got a bit mixed up with the "southeast" used in the street names.

Maxtor Man says ... on Sunday, Mar 1 at 9:53 PM

Sam Adams should live in the new facility. He seems to be criminally insane.

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