It’s been nearly 2 months since we’ve heard a peep from BayMark/The Coleman Institute on plans for the opioid treatment center it has been readying at 30 Washington St., in Wellesley Lower Falls. So yes, the opioid treatment business is giving the silent treatment for now.
Coleman’s plan had been to start accepting patients as soon as the end of November, with the possibility of treatment starting by year-end.
We’ve seen no sign of the business starting up at 30 Washington St., where only another medical office (About Women By Women) now operates, and Wellesley has yet to be listed as a location on the company’s website. Pittsburgh is the only location marked as “coming soon.”
The Wellesley Hills location is just one of a few owned by Coleman: The rest are independently owned and operated.
(Update 2/17/19): Coleman has added Wellesley Hills location to its website.
(Update (1/5/19): Coleman Institute has begun setting up on the 3rd floor at 30 Washington St.)
The company’s social media stream consists of typical marketing content, but no mention of the Wellesley site or plans.
However, the company does have live job openings on its site and online job boards for a director of business development and nurse practitioner, following earlier listings for medical director and executive director that we still see listed. Perhaps the fact that those latter two jobs are still listed indicates the facility’s opening isn’t imminent.
The Coleman Institute plan, which we broke the news about in September, sparked a contentious public meeting in October at which residents, company officials and others aired opinions on the merits of having such a facility at that particular location. Those opposed largely criticized the location of the building nearby schools and playgrounds (Coleman did not address the possibility of alternate locations in Wellesley). Those supporting the clinic note that it will be small medical office (and not be a methadone clinic) and that such services are needed.
We were grateful that a Coleman rep answered our questions about the plans back in September, but now the business has hunkered down in control-the-message mode. It will only say that if it has anything to share that we’ll hear it through the town…
We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears alert over the holiday period, a time-honored opportunity for businesses to have soft openings.