Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:29

Gov. LePage abandons plan to build forensic psychiatric facility in Bangor Featured

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BANGOR - Some Bangor residents are thrilled after Governor LePage announced he no longer plans to open a forensic psychiatric facility in the Queen City.

A forensic psychiatric facility is a place to house those deemed mentally unfit for a trial but who are working on being rehabilitated into the world. The governor proposed a facility be built in Bangor on Hogan Road, which raised concerns among Bangor residents.

 

Bangor's City Council Chair, Joseph Baldacci, says he believes this facility would hurt Bangor's commercial investment.

 

"I felt like it was important to oppose this project because it's near both a low density and high density residential area," said Baldacci. "Within a half mile of that spot, live about a thousand people and hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial development."

 

On Monday night, the Bangor City Council unanimously voted to impose a six month moratorium on any permitting or building of a facility like the one being proposed. LePage called the moratorium an example of bad politics and says delaying construction of the forensic psychiatric unit could increase overall costs.

 

"I don't want to go into a community where they don't want us," said LePage. "We'll just move on to go find another community."

 

Baldacci says, he's encouraged by the governor's comments and hopes that he follows through with this new plan.

 

"I think his statement today that, he's only going to place this in a community that wants it makes a lot of sense," said Baldacci. 

 

The governor says there are communities around Bangor that would love to have this facility. LePage says, it's essential to have the facility in the Greater Bangor Area so people traveling from Northern Maine do not have to drive to Augusta to visit loved ones.

 

"There are some communities around Bangor that I am sure would love to have this facility," said LePage.

 

The governor says his office staff is currently reviewing location options.

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