By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
Central City Concern’s Hooper Detox Facility is undergoing changes. As CCC’s executive director Traci Manning, and project manager Jill Sherman of the Gerding-Edlen Company, told several audiences last month, a long-term, voluntary detoxification program is leaving the facility on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Couch Street and relocating to the bottom floor of the agency’s newly renovated Madrona Studios housing project across from the Rose Quarter. The Sobering Station, where people in a state of extreme public inebriation on the street are brought by the police or the agency’s own Chiers van, will remain. A new addition will be a 16-bed Mental Health Crisis Unit that CCC will operate on contract to Multnomah County.
There will be little outward change in the building, Sherman said, other than removal of old plywood elements and the filling in of a carport. The project will have to undergo a Type II design review process, but work will probably begin this summer, she said.