Meadowlark Commons to be converted into detox, drug treatment center

Plans were announced last week to convert Meadowlark Commons, a transitional housing facility at 100 E. Second, into a new 20-bed social detoxification and drug and alcohol abuse treatment center for Hutchinson.

The move, however, is dependent on New Beginnings, the nonprofit that owns and operates the facility, coming up with some $200,000 to make necessary improvements to the aging building, including adding a fire sprinkler system.

Officials hope to have beds available by March or April.