Addictions Recovery Center never missed a beat after fire
I see some good progress is being made on the Addictions Recovery Center building that was damaged in that fire. Any word on when it’s set to reopen?
— Via email
The center on East Main Street in Medford never really closed. The programs and services housed in that building were diverted to other campus buildings. Building C, which was severely damaged in an early November fire, should be back at full function within a year, said Joe Wilson, Addictions Recovery Center communications manager.
“What we’ve been told is the investigation is done,” Wilson said. “The renovation part is moving forward, but we’ve been told that’s anywhere from nine to 12 months (out).”
The fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. It drew seven engines from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No. 3, and firefighters spent 50 minutes battling the flames. No one was injured, but the roof and attic sustained significant damage. Smoke damage affected much of the building interior.
The cause was determined to be an electrical component malfunction in the attic.
Despite the fire, ARC programs opened at 8 a.m. the Tuesday after Veterans Day. Building C housed programs such as community-family court, gambling addiction services and DUII classes, which were moved to other buildings.
“There’s never enough help for the people that need it, but we didn’t miss a step in terms of keeping our doors open for folks,” Wilson said.
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