The Owensboro Metropolitan Adjustment Council on Thursday approved a conditional use permit for the development of a drug addiction rehabilitation center at 3136 W. Second St.
The property, which opened in the summer of 1962 as a Holiday Inn, was recently part of the OYO Townhouse chain.
But now Addiction Recovery Center plans to redevelop the property and use the existing structures as a recovery center. A second property at 3100 W. Second St. is also part of the project.
The CRA has a network of 30 recovery centers in 22 different counties in Kentucky, according to Matt Brown, vice president of administration.
The organization began 11 years ago in far eastern Kentucky.
Since then, said Brown, the organization has grown to include 1,900 customers across all of its facilities and 900 employees.
According to Brown, the treatment center will be a 300-bed facility with around 40 staff members and 24/7 on-site security.
“It started out as a vocation and it has grown considerably; … it has helped thousands of people over the past 11 years, ”he said. “What really sets us apart as an organization is that we don’t just focus on… addiction treatment, we take people from crisis to career and our goal is to get someone out. state of drug addiction and into a flourishing life so that he can pay taxes and be an active member of society.
Brown said the facility has a success rate of around 80% for people who stay in recovery programs for at least a year.
The organization, he said, also helps teach job skills, life skills and prepare clients to enter the workforce after treatment.
It will also implement a program to enable recovering clients to work in the facility, thereby gaining valuable work experience.
Brown said the facility would meet a growing need for recovery services as rates of addiction and overdose-related deaths have risen dramatically since the start of the pandemic, from around 75,000 in 2019 to more than 100 000 in 2021.
Edward Shelton, owner of the IGA property across the street, said current tenants in his building have expressed concerns about the facility, and whether or not it would be secure and what it would look like. installation.
The project was originally scheduled to be reviewed by the OMBA on November 4.
However, without sufficient representation at the meeting, the board decided to postpone the review until Thursday’s meeting where it was granted a conditional use license.
Shelton said after hearing what CRA officials had to say about the project and knowing that security would be present, he felt more comfortable developing it near his neighboring property.
“I just feel like the community needs to know about this,” he said.
Christie Netherton, [email protected], 270-691-7360