New security cameras are in place, along with new plumbing, heating, and electrical systems. The floors have been redone with vinyl tiles, the leaky roof repaired, and the walls repainted.
Months after city officials said it would be ready, the old city building in Mattapan will become home this month to addiction recovery and prisoner reentry programs that were closed in October when the city abruptly condemned a bridge leading to their former home on Long Island. City officials had said the stately brick building on River Street, which will provide about 75 beds to former inmates and drug addicts, would be finished in November.
The delay has meant some of the city’s most vulnerable residents have gone six months without vital services. And the building’s opening comes a week after city officials acknowledged they would need several months to complete another new shelter on Southampton Street for hundreds of homeless people who also lived on Long Island.
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