Work on the new center is underway. (Photo by Chinh Doan)
TEMPLE (November 26, 2012)---Construction of a $2 million facility for the Cen-Tex Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center is underway in Temple, but some of those who live near the site say they are concerned for their families and students who go to school down the street.
The center was forced to move from its current location because of the expansion of Interstate 35 in Temple.
The new facility, which is being built on the corner of North 50th Street and Adams Avenue, is less than half a mile away from Hector Garcia Elementary School.
Although the City of Temple approved the relocation of the rehabilitation center, some of those who live in the area of the center’s new location are still worried.
"You have to think about what it's going to do to this small community that we have here and the children who go to school here," said Amy Rodriguez who lives next door to where the facility is being built.
But people involved in helping those overcome their addictions say there is nothing to be worried about.
"Our people aren't any different than anybody else," said Jim Cooper, executive director of the facility.
"Our people would be less likely to be involved in that because they're involved in the criminal justice system, and they're trying to get out of it, so why would they do anything to harm that program that they're in?"
The new rehabilitation center is scheduled to open next summer.