FLACRA gets $3.5M in state funds

For the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, the third time was indeed a charm.

After losing out on two previous attempts at state funding to improve its headquarters in Clifton Springs, officials from the agency — commonly known as FLACRA — recently learned the organization was approved for $3.5 million through the state’s Health Care Facility Transformation Program.

Marty Teller, FLACRA’s longtime executive director, said the money will go toward rehabilitating the historic five-story building on East Main Street. It will also include adding 25 treatment beds for those battling addiction.

“The building needs major infrastructure improvements, including plumbing, heating and electric. There is also no air conditioning,” Teller said. “It’s a 110-year-old building and some of the infrastructure is … well, 110 years old. Most significant is the opportunity to add 25 treatment beds, alleviating the constant waiting list that is unacceptable in this time of need. As a result more lives will be saved, more individuals can move to lifelong recovery and more families will be reunited.”

The funding, part of $491 million awarded statewide, was announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. It includes nearly $19 million for five other projects and facilities in the Rochester area and Finger Lakes region.

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