Dayton, Ohio, had one of the highest rates of fatal overdoses earlier this decade because of opioid addiction. Now the city will be home to a state-of-the-art treatment center that has the backing of Google parent company Alphabet.
Nonprofit OneFifteen opened part of its campus Friday. Its key investors and partners include Alphabet’s (GOOGL) life sciences unit Verily and REIT Alexandria Real Estate (ARE). Verily and Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) first announced that the center was opening in February.
Alexandria designed and developed the facility. Alexandria founder and executive chairman Joel Marcus told CNN Business that it has a 50-50 ownership split of the real estate with Verily.
The full facility will include six buildings for inpatient residents, outpatient care, family reunification and other social services. It is expected to be completed by 2020, Marcus said.
But OneFifteen is ready to tackle the crisis well before that. It will start to work with patients later this summer.
“We have a pretty big bold vision. We’re excited to get started and move pretty quickly. This crisis is something we really want to tackle head on,” said Marti Taylor, president and chief executive officer of OneFifteen, in an interview with CNN Business.
Taylor, a former nurse who then worked as a ho