ST. ALBANS — An opiate treatment clinic scheduled to open this month has been delayed until March.

Deputy Health Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio said the delay was simply the result of first finding an appropriate location and then waiting for it to become available.

BAART Behavioral Health Services, which will be operating the clinic, chose to purchase the Knights of Columbus building on South Main Street. However, the Knights had events booked until the end of year, explained Cimaglio and the official purchase was delayed until Dec. 31.

Construction needed to convert the building to the clinic’s use has begun and will hopefully be completed in early March, according to Cimaglio. “They’re rushing as fast as they can,” she said.

The clinic has received needed permits from the Town of St. Albans. “The town has been very, very supportive,” said Cimaglio.

The clinic is expected to have 250 patients as soon as it opens its doors, with the capacity to treat 400.

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