Alta Behavioral wants to open facility in Marlborough

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Alta Behavioral wants to open facility in Marlborough
Alta Behavioral Health is interested in bringing a substance abuse treatment facility to Donald Lynch Boulevard. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – A proposal to bring a substance abuse treatment facility to 400 Donald Lynch Blvd. is making its way through the city’s application process.

Alta Behavioral Health LLC, based in Concord, wants to locate the facility within a limited industrial zone; a substance abuse treatment program is allowed within that zone by special permit. There are limitations on locating such facilities, so Alta Behavioral wants relief from these limitations.

City Councilor Kathleen Robey said that because the proposed facility is within 1,000 feet of a school, relief cannot be given pending a consultation with the city’s Legal Department.

According to its application, the facility – a day program for those recovering from substance abuse – would have up to 10 staff members and 25 patients. The facility would be away from any residential neighborhoods.

“I think we’ve satisfied the guidelines for the special permit,” said Andrew J. Tine, special counsel for Alta Behavioral.

Tine noted that the city has no facility for detox or maintenance. Residents seeking treatment must travel to Framingham, Westborough or Worcester.

“You’re in a perfect location,” said City Councilor Mark Oram.

On March 25, the City Council sent the request along to its Urban Affairs Committee.

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