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Western MA Correctional Alcohol Center to temporarily relocate to Holyoke

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The Western MA Correctional Alcohol Center will be relocated to the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke building. (Source: MassLive/File photo) The Western MA Correctional Alcohol Center will be relocated to the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke building. (Source: MassLive/File photo)
HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center will temporarily relocate to the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke building to accommodate MGM Springfield's $800 million resort casino, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe made the announcement along with Mayor Alex Morse at the facility at 45 Lower Westfield Road Thursday afternoon. 

Ashe said the rehab center will move to that location for 18 months, adding that they hope to eventually be in Springfield again.

The alcohol treatment center is currently located inside the old YMCA building on Howard Street in Springfield's South End neighborhood.

The deadline for the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center to leave the old YMCA building is May 8.

Ashe said this move is one of the most difficult things he has had to do during his time as Hampden County Sheriff, which dates back to 1974.

The Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center has been located in the South End of Springfield for nearly 30 years.

Other sites that were considered for the relocation were the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow and the Econolodge on Burnett Road in Chicopee.

CBS 3 Springfield is continuing to follow the story and will bring you updates as more information is made available.

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