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VILLAGE BOARD TO SET HEARING FOR NEW TREATMENT FACILITY

The Village Board will set a date for an informational meeting on a proposal by the Resource Center to build a 17,000-square-foot day treatment facility on Jackson Avenue.

A spokesman for the Resource Center said the facility would not be an expansion of the current day treatment program for the developmentally disabled at its center on Jones and Gifford Avenue in Jamestown.

Steven Waterson said the new building would be behind the center's maintenance and transportation facility on property it owns in the village.

"The trend right now . . . is going from homes that have 10 or 12 beds to homes that will maybe accommodate four or five people," he said. "So, we're trying to downsize.

"Right now, that program on Jones and Gifford Avenue -- our day treatment program there -- has 185 in there and that's pretty big," Waterson said. "So, we want to take 75 persons with developmental disabilities from that program, and relocate them, we hope, to a facility in Celoron."

Officials with The Resource Center presented their plans to the Celoron Planning Board last week. Chairwoman Lisa Ross said the nonprofit agency needs a special use permit to construct the facility. No action was taken.

Ross said that most of the questions at the meeting were about the building's entrance and exit.

Part of the property is zoned industrial and the other part residential, Waterson said.

If all goes well in the approvals process, Waterson said, The Resource Center would like to have the new facility up and running by the fall of 2002.

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