The Salvation Army has announced they want to build a new multi-purpose facility in Coon Rapids. It would take over a 5.1 acre tract of land found at Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension and Coon Rapids Boulevard.
The concepts for an adult rehabilitation center were presented to the Coon Rapids City Council on October 21st, but there hasn't been any type of formal application for approval yet.
The plan the Salvation Army presented includes a 60,000 square-foot facility for processing, 20,000 square feet for office space, 20,000 square feet for a residential center and 7,000 feet for a chapel. The residential center will be used for adult men recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.
Currently, the rehabilitation center for the Salvation Army is found in Minneapolis in the "north loop" area. It has been there for over 50 years and has been in Minneapolis for over a century. This is one of the 120 centers of its kind found across the country.
The reason the Salvation Army wants to move is due to the deterioration of the current facility and the available space in Coon Rapids. The current center has become functionally obsolescent, which is one of the major reasons for the proposal.
The rehabilitation program offered by the Salvation Army isn't a detox program. It's not a place for men to get treatment for addiction, either. The men volunteer to participate and the minimum stay is six months, with a maximum stay of one year. During the program men receive counseling, spiritual support, work therapy and other helpful things. They also volunteer at the on-site facility.
The Salvation Army center will be fully self-sufficient without any need of money from the government. It will also be staffed 24/7, which could bring 50 to 8 jobs to the Coon Rapids area.