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9:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Vermont Drug Treatment Center Backs Off From Expansion

A Vermont substance abuse facility in Underhill has decided against relocating to Williston.



Maple Leaf Farm had planned to expand into the former Pine Ridge School but has abandoned those plans because of project delays and rising costs.

Executive Director Bill Young told the Burlington Free Press that the facility had 100-150 potential patients on its waiting list.

Young said the center planned to seek approval for 96 beds in Williston and open with 56.

But he said the project is no longer viable because of delays in getting approvals, rising expenses of running the Underhill facility.

He estimated that Maple Leaf had spent between $200,000 and $240,000 already on the proposal.

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