Plans to turn The Main Street Inn & Spa, a boutique hotel on Hilton Head Island, into a treatment center for patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders goes before Town Council for initial approval Tuesday.
Council's Planning and Development Standards Committee voted unanimously Dec. 5 to recommend that the property be rezoned to allow the change. Some nearby businesses objected, fearing the rehab center would attract drug dealers and the mentally disturbed and hurt their business.
"I respect their fears, but I don't believe there's much substance behind them," committee member Bill Harkins said at the time. "This fills an unmet need in the area for behavioral health services ... and adds another dimension to our health care services on the island, and provides good-paying jobs."
The inn's owner wants to sell the 33-room property after failed efforts to expand, and has a buyer who wants to use it as a residential treatment center, attorney Walter Nester of the McNair Law Firm said.
The rezoning would allow for clinical services, including diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for drug and alcohol dependency, and mental health needs of nonviolent patients. Treatment would include overnight lodging, according to Nester and town staff.
The facility could not treat people serving jail sentences, recently released prison inmates or parolees, or those who require court-ordered therapy, senior town planner Jayme Lopko said.
Nester said the buyer, Behavioral Health Solutions, operates several facilities across the U.S. that treat addictions and psychological disorders, including licensed residential rehab centers in California, Florida, Massachusetts and Oregon.
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