Event features Gov. Rick Perry as keynote speaker
By Elaine Marsilio
September 21, 2009 – Charlie’s Place will open its new $4 million drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on Wednesday after months of renovation.
The 97,000-square-foot center sits on the grounds of the former Garden Inn off Interstate 37.
Wednesday’s invitation only grand opening event will feature Gov. Rick Perry as keynote speaker, a blessing from Bishop Edmond Carmody, a ribbon cutting and center tours, said Amy Rhoads Granberry, Charlie’s Place organizational development director.
Renovations to the two-story, 171-bed facility began in January. The new center features a courtyard for patients and will house the organization’s detox and residential services.
“It’s better fit for the services we provide,” Granberry said.
Those services previously were split between two facilities, she said. The Charlie’s Place location on North Country Club Place will be used by the Citgo Refinery while the Brownlee Boulevard location is up for sale, she said.