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December 3, 2013

Carter drug rehab facility rejected

KHC wants to locate center in Boyd

GRAYSON — Plans to build an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Grayson have hit a snag, according to the city’s mayor.

Pathways Inc. had originally approached the Boyd County Fiscal Court about plans to locate the facility near the Cedar Knoll subdivision, but backed off after neighbors put up strong opposition. The Carter County Fiscal Court and Grayson City Council supported the facility.

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

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

“Pathways officials told me that the KHC said ‘no,’” Steele said.  “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, KHC’s communications director. “The project partners feel Boyd is the best location, based on variable aspects, like need and population.”

The KHC was aware 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, Peter said.

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

Calls to Pathways seeking comment were not returned at press time.

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