April 23, 2014 — A jubilant group of local officials proudly announced Tuesday morning that a residential substance abuse treatment facility would be built in Grayson after all.
To be operated by Pathways, Inc., the 100-bed center initially was proposed for the Cedar Knoll area of rural Boyd County but neighbors complained and a site was selected in Grayson last October.
Then, to the dismay of local leaders, the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) declared in December that the facility would go to Boyd County, its original destination.
Dr. Kim McClanahan, CEO of Pathways, said her agency had considered more than 40 potential sites in Boyd County before telling KHC that Grayson was the best location for the $8 million facility.
“We are so grateful to Judge-Executive Charles Wallace and Mayor George Steele for their unceasing support of this project and for making us feel so welcome here in Carter County,” she added.
Wallace said of his involvement:
“I never gave up on this project because we badly need it and state officials finally made the right decision to put it where it belongs. It not only means help for our local economy, it means hope for those struggling with addiction.”
The center will create 18 new jobs and spend about $300,000 yearly on local services and supplies.
Steele said he was very pleased with the site reversal.
“We’ve made it clear that the citizens of Grayson welcome this important facility and will provide the necessary community support. This is an exciting day for all of us.”
State Sen. Robin Webb said she was proud of the tenacity shown by local officials in fighting to bring the treatment center to Grayson.
McClanahan said the center would be built on C.W. Stevens Boulevard near Dollar General. Construction likely won’t start until August.
She noted that Pathways never gave up its option on the Grayson site during all of the debate over where to build it.