The former home of Renova, HealthSouth and LifeCare near Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Bethany Village will soon have a new occupant.
The BroadRock Group plans to open an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center for alcoholics and drug addicts under the name Lumos Recovery on the vacant property at 4950 Wilson Lane in Lower Allen Township.
The company is asking for the addition of licensed use of outpatient mental health and addiction centers in the R-3 multi-family residential area of the township. The point was raised at the Lower Allen Township Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday evening. The Planning Commission recommended the adoption of the amendment to the zoning ordinance at the meeting.
There will be a public hearing with the Lower Allen Township Board of Commissioners at 5 p.m. Monday to consider the amendment. The ordinance would authorize an outpatient center only when it is operated in conjunction with a hospital center. And the amendment to the ordinance would apply not only to this property, but to any similar property in the R-3 multi-family residential districts of the township.
Part of the property is located in Upper Allen Township, according to John Eby, construction and zoning coordinator for the township.
The center is authorized to have a hospitalization center. BroadRock, the owner of the property, said he received a zoning permit on Tuesday. But the company must apply for outpatient use in the facility.
“Outpatient is all about giving the patient time and place to continue their recovery in a place where they already feel safe and comfortable,” Lawrence Weiss, founder of the BroadRock Group, told the panel. They are familiar and connected with the staff… outpatient services are essential to patient improvement.
BroadRock has a similar facility in Kansas.
Weiss said that in the first year of operation, the facility would have maybe five to ten patients per month and not as many people for the outpatient program. And that number is expected to increase over time.
Weiss said the need for facilities like Lumos Rehab has increased with COVID-19.
“A lot more of our friends and neighbors are in need of help,” Weiss said. “Anxiety, depression, isolation are all on the rise, and the need for outpatient rehabilitation services has also increased.”