ELLSWORTH — Hills House, a residence for women in recovery and their children, is closer to reopening.
The residence, and its umbrella organization, Open Door Recovery Center, closed in July 2019 due to financial troubles.
Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane has been working with a board of volunteers to get the facility relicensed so it can reopen.
“I’m happy to report the application was submitted to DHHS [Maine Department of Health and Human Services] and approved with the condition the fire marshal inspect the facility,” Kane told the Hancock County Commissioners during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday.
“There’s been a lot of work going on in the background to get Hills House open,” Kane said.
The sheriff said he met with a marshal on Monday for a preliminary “run-through” to find out what needs to be done.
“There’s really nothing seriously wrong,” said Kane of the North Street residence.
“We have to recharge the fire extinguishers,” he said. “It’s just basically small things that need to be done.”
The next step will be to hire a director, Kane said. “That’s going to take time. That’s not going to happen in the next day or two. Hopefully we can continue moving forward.”