Louisville Council OK Valley Station Map of Isaiah House Rehab Center

New neighbors arrive at a Valley Station housing estate after a city committee has given the go-ahead to allow a rehab center to open in a former church.

In a 3-2 vote that one member called “perhaps the toughest case” he can remember, the Louisville Zoning Adjustment Board ruled Monday that Isaiah House, a Christian program which helps people recover from drug addiction, can set up a location inside the Valley Hope Center, a former church and current events location at 10803 Deering Road.

The plan calls for the nearly 30,000 square foot site to be converted into an inpatient rehabilitation center, where up to 100 men in drug rehabilitation can clean up and participate in education and job training opportunities.

Isaiah House, based in Kentucky, has several other sites throughout the state, and the Louisville site is said to be its second largest. The establishment would have up to 75 employees.

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Isaiah House is a voluntary program that does not accept clients who have been convicted of violent or sexual crimes, project officials said, and it is not tied to the state Department of Corrections. People staying at the center would be required to be in their dorms by 10 p.m., and the facility would be staffed 24 hours a day, with locked doors that would set off an alarm when opened without an employee.

The matter was first heard by council at its February 21 meeting, but members elected at that time to postpone the vote to give Isaiah House representatives time to consider the concerns. raised by some neighbors and to make adjustments to the plan as necessary. Additional fencing separating the property from neighboring residences was included in the plan approved Monday.

Still, some locals weren’t convinced. Subway councilor Amy Holton Stewart, who said she was speaking on behalf of constituents who contacted her, spoke in opposition on Monday.

Treatment centers for people recovering from drug addiction are important, she said, and she sent Isaiah House representatives a list of three other properties nearby that she thinks would be better suited. to the project. But the Valley Hope Center is in the heart of a single-family development with few businesses nearby, she said, and she heard many concerns from neighbors she spoke to during an investigation. two days with voters who live near the property.

Others in Valley Station, however, said Isaiah House would be a good choice in the neighborhood. David Alvey, who lives on the same street as the Valley Hope Center, spoke out against the project at the board meeting a month ago but shifted gears on Monday, saying Isaiah House had recently helped one of his immediate family become potty trained.

“I was a great defender against Isaiah House,” Alvey said. “I now have (this family member) at Isaiah House and he has changed his life.”

Lucas Aulbach can be reached at [email protected], 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.

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