10-20-2016  12:45 pm      •     
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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is getting ready to move. The mental health agency has purchased a 14,600-square-foot site at 3038 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., said Leslie Ford, Cascadia president and CEO.
After improvements are completed, Cascadia will move its clinic on North Albina Avenue to the new site in August. The one-story masonry structure will require minimal renovation to meet Cascadia's needs, Ford said.
The property will better serve the clients, with good access to transportation, more parking and bigger size and layout, she added.
The site, originally a supermarket and later the Nike Outlet store, most recently was home to human service agencies, include Youth Opportunities and the Northeast One Stop.
Cascadia executives are meeting with Eliot neighborhood residents to develop a Good Neighbor Agreement. Ford said Cascadia is committed to being an asset in the neighborhood, and she noted that with 70 staff members, bringing a total payroll exceeding $2.5 million, local restaurants and other stores could anticipate increased business.
Cascadia is the area's largest provider of behavioral health care services, operating more than 70 sites in four different counties for the mentally ill and those with addictions.

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