WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A plan for a new “health and wellness” recovery center in Warren could conflict with other businesses’ plans for the downtown area.
The Reeves Apartments are located next to some prime real estate on W. Market Street. Just across the street, a new winery is going in.
Local business developer D’Andre Bowers wants to see the apartment building become a high-end recovery center.
“The plan is to try and get people’s health back that were addicted to whatever it is. Alcohol, opioids, whatever it might be, your health has deteriorated from that,” he said. “So it’s a lot more than an in-patient detox center or an in-patient sober living or something like that. There’s several things that need to be addressed that are not being addressed at other facilities.”
The City of Warren is already home to several sober living, detox and recovery facilities.
“The City of Warren is not against recovery centers,” said Warren Community Development Director Michael Keys. “The opioid crisis is real and it’s hit the community of Warren very hard, and it’s a tool we can use in the fight. Our problem, basically, is where do they go? Do they change the perception of an area and do they sort of repel people who are trying to make investment?”
Businessman Mark Marvin told council this week that he won’t open his planned winery across the street from a recovery house. He said it would kill business in the area.
Marvin would not give us a comment on Thursday.
For his part, Bowers said he doesn’t think his plans cause a problem for downtown.
“We are doing everything in our power to make sure both projects can happen, but it’s a collaborative effort. I can’t do it on my own. He has to come through and want both projects to work.”
The city said it hasn’t seen any plans for the Reeves project so far.