Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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October 2, 2013

Recovery Center eying Grayson

OCT. 2, 2013 —

A drug and alcohol addiction recovery center originally proposed for Boyd County may locate in Carter County instead.

The move follows public outcry in Boyd County over a proposal to locate the 100-bed facility for men near a residential area.  

Pathways officials confirmed last week that they are now eyeing a site within the city of Grayson for the Genesis Recovery Kentucky Center.

A meeting took place last Tuesday between Pathways officials and the Grayson Planning and Zoning Commission to ensure the project would meet existing city codes.

The Journal-Times reported last week that zoning officials gave the property, located near K-Mart and Smithfield Foods, its stamp of approval. Pathways and Recovery Kentucky officials are now set to attend Grayson City Council at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to discuss the project, said Pathways CEO Kim McClanahan.

“It is not a done deal yet,” she said. “We have located a property, it does meet zoning and we are just going through the next steps. The developers are working with the property owners.”

Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort of the Department for Local Government, the Department for Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, which began under former Governor Ernie Fletcher’s administration.

The facility would serve 100 adult men, using a four-phase recovery model based on the 12 steps.  

The Genesis facility is among four new centers being planned across the state. Currently, there are 10 Recovery Kentucky centers statewide.

According to Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace, Fiscal Court officials endorsed the Genesis project in a special meeting Friday.

“I think the need in this county is for a treatment and rehab center. I’m just glad to see it is coming here,” Wallace said.

 In addition to county support, McClanahan said they agency must have support from city officials, too. The proposed $8 million facility will be funded in part by federal Community Development Block Grant funds, which must be administered through a local government.

Pathways officials found the Grayson site after public outcry in Boyd County over a site along U.S. 60 near the Cedar Knoll subdivision. 

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