Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

December 4, 2013

Carter drug rehab facility rejected

Plans to return to Boyd County in the works

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

Dec. 4, 2013 — The brakes have been put on a plan to build an in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Grayson.

Pathways originally approached the Boyd County Fiscal Court for permission to locate the facility near the Cedar Knoll subdivision but neighbors put up strong opposition.

Carter County Fiscal Court and Grayson City Council supported the facility.

However, Grayson Mayor George Steele said Monday that the Kentucky Housing Corporation had rejected the plan to relocate the proposed facility.

It was to be built on C.W. Stevens Boulevard near K-Mart, with construction scheduled to begin in February.

“Pathways officials told me that the KHC said ‘no,’” Steele told the Journal-Times. “They want to move it back over to Boyd County.”

The mayor said he was shocked by the rejection, considering how much support community leaders had shown the project.

Once built, the center will be managed by Pathways and operated like the Morehead Inspiration Center, a similar facility the group has in Morehead.

“They are currently exploring a different site in Boyd County,” said Charla Jackson Peter, Kentucky Housing Corporation's communication director. “The project partners feel Boyd is the best location, based on variable aspects like need and population.”

The KHC was aware that the proposed facility had faced harsh criticism in Boyd County when it was originally proposed and the agency knew of widespread support from elected officials in Carter County.

“Sometimes these things occur because it is new to an area and people don't understand the value of the program in their community,” Jackson Peter added.

Calls to Pathways were not returned by press time.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.