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Conditional zoning permit issued to proposed drug treatment center

on July 03, 2014 8:55 AM

Indiana County has issued a zoning permit — with conditions — to a proposed addiction-treatment center over the not-in-my-backyard objections of neighbors.

But in reviewing SpiritLife Inc.'s special-use permit application and testimony taken during a public hearing on the matter last month, the county's zoning hearing board said there was no reason to deny the permit, as long as SpiritLife obtains an operating license and an occupancy permit. 

SpiritLife, a startup nonprofit, needed to obtain the permit because its proposed facility falls within the boundaries of a protected zone around Yellow Creek State Park. The zone, established under the county's Special Recreation and Conservation Zoning Ordinance, is meant to protect the area around the park from industrial and commercial development.

The facility is to be housed in a building that was once a personal care home run by the charitable Eastern Orthodox Foundation. The home closed several years ago. 

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