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Lackawanna

A public hearing will be held Thursday on the proposed construction of a new Baker Victory Services residential treatment facility on Martin Road.

The Planning Board hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lackawanna Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Road.

Representatives of Baker Victory Services will be on hand to discuss the $15 million project, which includes a 43,000-square-foot facility to house males and females ages 12 to 21.

The new facility first was proposed in 2009, but residents near the current campus at 150 Martin Road expressed concern over lax security. City officials, as well, were wary about the drain on city resources because of the increasing calls for police and firefighters.

Baker Victory Services has operated the program for young people with psychiatric and behavioral problems on Martin Road since 1983. The new building would be equipped with an infrared security system.