Drug Rehab Center Not to be Built in Grayson, Ky. as Planned

GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Eastern Kentucky's newest proposed drug treatment facility won't be built in Grayson, after all.

"I'm not satisfied with the reasons we were given," Mayor George Steele said. "We're a community that needs a facility. We are a community that needs the jobs, and we had the perfect location for them."

Pathways Inc. was planning to build the facility, which could be seen from Interstate 64, on roughly five acres located near the Kmart plaza in Grayson. However, it was notified earlier this week that the Kentucky Housing Corporation rejected the plan.

The organization had received the support of the local community and Carter County leaders who saw it as a win-win for the region. It had been Pathway's backup plan. Earlier in the summer of 2013, Pathways had originally gone before the Boyd County Fiscal Court, asking permission to build the facility near a Cedar Knoll subdivision, but there was local outcry.

"Recovery is sometimes short lived. They can relapse back into the addiction," Cedar Knolls resident Judy Nichols said. "They would do anything for that addiction, even if that means robbing our homes or hurting our people."

Pathways already has several facilities. The closest is an 85-bed residential unit in Morehead, Ky.

"We had no idea this was coming" says Shawn Conley, counsel for Pathways. "We're going to have to proceed with a property search here in Boyd County again. The previous location was not workable, so now we're exploring. Our developer is exploring options in Boyd County, and we're still trying to make sense of all of it."

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