BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota are building a $24.8 million drug treatment center in Bismarck

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Drug Treatment Center began construction in December 2016, the Minot Daily News reported.

Randy Lindemann, with Nelson-Tremain Partnership, Architecture and Design, in Minneapolis, said the current work is phase one of the multi-phase project. It consists of creating five buildings.

The second phase will include creating transitional housing.

Tribal Chairman Mark Fox is determined to finish the treatment center and assisted living facilities in Parshall during his time as chairman.

The treatment center will include group therapy, administration and a cafeteria. It will also include a metal storage building, a sweat lodge and an amphitheater

Female and male residents will reside in eight-bed cottages.

Parking will be available for residents, staff and visitors. It will have room for 77 vehicles.

The treatment center has been designed for future expansion. The Three Affiliated Tribes own additional land for future development.

"It's designed for eight beds to start but can be for up to 16 residents each depending on possible federal law changes," Lindemann said.

The tribes are financing the entire project. The treatment center is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com