COLD SPRING – Whether Brighton Center can open a women’s recovery center under existing Campbell County zoning is being questioned.
The Newport-based nonprofit plans a 50-bed residential treatment center outside Cold Spring city limits for women recovering from addiction has been hotly contested and protested by some residents.
Brighton Center has an option to buy 50 acres at 5161 Skyline Drive from the Diocese of Covington to operate the women’s recovery center. Campbell Lodge Boys Home operated a residential treatment center for boys on the property until it was closed by the state in 2012.
Cold Spring resident Donnie Glenn has appealed Campbell County Director of Planning and Zoning Cindy Minter’s Sept. 1 decision stating a new residential treatment center is permissible.
A document filed by landowner Diocese of Covington and Brighton Center with Campbell County’s government sheds light on what kind of treatment is proposed.
Brighton Center proposes no medical or clinical drug treatment for the recovery center’s residents who will predominantly be mothers of young children. Brighton Center will treat women with counseling and pre-vocational life skills training. Residents will have on-site job responsibilities.
“I don’t think anyone is questioning the need,” Weidinger said. “It’s a matter of saving lives.”
Glenn asked the Campbell County & Municipal Board of Adjustment to review whether a residential treatment center is still a permitted use at 5161 Skyline Drive.
About 74 boys lived on Campbell Lodge’s 80 acres annually before the home closed in 2012. Brighton Center proposes to buy 50 acres for an undisclosed price. Campbell Lodge provided boys with services including drug and alcohol treatment and counseling.
A 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, special Board of Adjustment meeting has been called to review the zoning. The location for the meeting was moved to Southgate Community Center, 301 W. Walnut St., Southgate, to accommodate a crowd.
In May, Cold Spring Mayor Angelo Penque organized a community meeting in a church that attracted about 300 people to talk about Brighton Center’s plans. The meeting drew a vocal and divided crowd of people both strongly opposed and vehemently in favor of a women’s recovery center.
Campbell County’s top elected official has already weighed in saying it’s OK for Brighton Center to proceed.
In May, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery said Skyline Drive is appropriately zoned for a women’s recovery center.
No zone change or government action is required for Brighton Center to open a recovery center at Skyline Drive, Pendery said.