GCASA transforms former K of C in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

John Bennett, executive director of the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, shows off the agency’s new community meeting room during a meeting with the Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition earlier this week. GCASA spent about $850,000 to revamp the former Knights of Columbus hall at 249 East Ave., Albion. The agency added a 200-square-foot addition to the 8,800-square-foot building, and also put in a new parking lot.The community meeting room is in the former basement. Bennett said Behavioral Healthcare Magazine will feature the adaptive reuse project in an upcoming issue. He welcomed other organizations to use the room. “We want it to be a regional resource,” he said. There are 18 GCASA workers at the Albion site, offering preventive services and serving about 600 people in treatment each year.