Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Geneva Approved Despite Debates
A drug and alcohol rehab in Geneva, Illinois will become a reality after Kane County officials approved the measure despite reluctance from some residents.
By: Addiction Now
The Kane County Board voted yesterday to settle a lawsuit and also allow a substance abuse treatment center to be built.
After hours of deliberation, an agreement was made by Kane County officials despite opposition from residents who live near where the proposed substance abuse treatment will be located.
Maxxam Partners LLC is the company opening the drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility on land previously owned by Glenwood Academy, which ran a school that has been closed since 2012.
Maxxam's request was rejected a year ago, in its second attempt to create a drug and alcohol treatment center. That denial prompted the company to submit a $68 million lawsuit against Kane County, the Kane County Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The claims of the lawsuit alleged that these entities discriminated against people struggling with substance use disorders. The two sides eventually agreed to a $5.6 million agreement with $4.6 million going to Maxxam and slightly less than $1 million going to Glenwood Academy.
Maxxam representatives stated that in spite of the settlement, they would not be able to open their facility until acquiring approval from the Illinois State Licensing Board to determine if the distance between their facility and a hospital was adequate.