Proposal for Schuylkill County drug remedy heart withdrawn

POTTSVILLE, Pa. – An organization that proposed a drug- and alcohol-addiction remedy heart in a Schuylkill County industrial park has withdrawn its utility for zoning approval for the undertaking.

Firetree Ltd., which relies in Williamsport and operates remedy facilities for individuals with drug and alcohol habit and different shoppers transitioning out of jail, withdrew its request in a letter Monday to the county Zoning and Planning Workplace.

The county Zoning Listening to Board was to have held a listening to on the request Wednesday night time.

The letter didn’t clarify the rationale for the withdrawal.

“We’ve made different plans,” Firetree President Invoice Brown stated in a quick phone interview. “That’s all I can say at the moment.”

Brown stated the company not has any plans for the commercial heart.

Firetree on the finish of March stated it needed to construct a one-story, 25,000-square-foot remedy heart on a vacant 11.5-acre website at 10 Shultz Drive in MAJIC Industrial Park in Delano Township. It could have had 70 resident beds and make use of about 25, the applying stated. Therapy could be by licensed counselors, with the typical resident’s keep 30-90 days.

Schuylkill County oversees planning and zoning points for the township.

In its utility, Firetree Ltd. stated it had a gross sales settlement for the land with MBC Improvement of Schuylkill Haven for $425,000, pending the rezoning.

Firetree says it has operated drug and alcohol inpatient remedy services for 25 years, together with the Conewago Pottsville remedy heart for 12 years.

“And whereas Firetree has rehabilitated 1000’s of shoppers at that property, its downtown location and small measurement pose vital restrictions,” the applying stated.

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Final October, Firetree proposed shifting the downtown Pottsville remedy facility for a website within the former Fountain Springs Nation Membership in Butler Township close to Ashland.

Residents at the moment packed a Zoning Listening to Board assembly to oppose the plan.

That proposal additionally apparently has not moved ahead.

The corporate additionally operates remedy facilities in Harrisburg, Scranton and 5 different places in Pennsylvania, in line with its web site.

In its utility, Firetree stated the commercial park parcel was “best” for Firetree’s proposed use due to its easy accessibility to Interstate 81 and the truth that it may accommodate not solely a big construction for its residents, but additionally “ample out of doors recreation areas.”

“Its distant and wooded location is good for habit remedy,” the applying stated.