Construction should begin next month on High Point Treatment Center in downtown Middleboro, now that the Appeals Board gave the $12 million project a green light.
The town won a major concession from High Point in exchange for the permit. Although the nonprofit operation isn’t subject to local taxes, High Point’s president Daniel Mumbauer agreed to pay over $136,000 a year in lieu of taxes and close to $300,000 for repairs to a town-owned parking lot in the downtown.
Mumbauer balked at setting visiting hours, but Chairman Eric Priestly said the board’s decision set the hours and also requires High Point hire an operator to field 911 calls and a fulltime security guard for at least a year.
Mumbauer expects to hire at least 150 people to fill positions ranging from nurses and administration, to food service and maintenance workers. He plans to start hiring by the end of this year.
The drug rehab center should open by May of 2015.