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Coulee Council on Addictions announces location for new building

Facility expected to be complete by 2018

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The location of a new recovery center for the Coulee Council on Addictions was announced Wednesday.

The new coulee recovery center will be along Ferry Street at 9th and 10th streets, thanks to a lease agreement between the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Coulee Council on Addictions.

The new building will bring together the hospital and the center, hoping to help people break the cycle of addiction.

In May, Coulee Council on Addictions announced plans to build a new recovery center, but a location for the building was still in flux.

"Location is key,” said Coulee Council on Addictions Director Cheryl Hancock. “It was the No.1 thing. If we went too far north or too far south, we realized that would impact the ability of some people coming to Coulee to get there."

So when Mayo Clinic Health System offered to lease property along Ferry Street, it provided a perfect location for the new center.

"It just places them near our programming, and so it will be convenient for folks on their campus to come over and visit us,” Hancock said.

"I think it makes that journey a lot easier,” said Coulee Council on Addiction co-chair Tom Thompson.

That center will provide more space for individuals battling addiction.

"It will be 13,000 square feet, over double what we are here. It's going to be a welcoming environment for individuals as well,” Thompson said.

"It also provides an area for us to maybe do some employment skills, maybe work with other nonprofits to do some collaborative efforts,” Hancock said.

Partnering with a hospital gives the center a new space,  but both sides say it also sends an important message.

"The more partnerships we have with the medical community, the easier it's going to be to get the help,” Thompson said.

"Addiction is a disease, and it needs to be treated as a disease, and it’s the kind of disease that impacts many, many of us in all sorts of different ways,” said Joe Kruse, regional chair of administration for the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Coulee Council on Addictions is still $700,000 short of the fundraising goal for the project.

If everything goes as planned, groundbreaking on the facility will begin this fall.

The building is expected to be complete by next year, just in time for the Coulee Council on Addiction's 50th Anniversary.

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