Samaritan Daytop Village and Manatus Development Group recently broke ground on The Richard Pruss Wellness Center in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx. The community facility will provide outpatient treatment for substance use disorder, mental health services, care coordination, and also serve as a primary health clinic.
The wellness center will be located on the 500 block of Courtlandt Ave, at the corner of East 148th Street. Once in operation, the facility is expected to serve more than 6,000 patients annually with a focus on low-income individuals and will also create 180 new jobs.
“Not only will it change thousands of lives for the better, it will keep jobs in this neighborhood and become an oasis providing critically needed behavioral and primary health care to a community that has long been underserved,” said Mitchell Netburn, Samaritan Daytop Village’s president and CEO. “By creating this new state-of-the-art facility, consolidating programs, and expanding our services, Samaritan Daytop Village will increase the number of individuals we serve each year by up to 30 percent.”
Described as a transformative project, the center is named after the late Richard Pruss, president emeritus and former board chair of Samaritan Village. Pruss dedicated much of his career to providing quality aid and services to those afflicted with addiction.
The six-story building is designed by GF55 Partners and will comprise approximately 84,000 square feet. Renderings of the project reveal a simple, brick-built construction with several setback levels and outdoor terraces. Construction costs hover around $35 million and were privately funded through market-rate borrowing facilitated by TD Bank.
Occupancy is expected in the first quarter of 2021.