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Former soccer complex sold to Sprenger Health subsidiary; will become rehab facility

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    Plans are being made to turn the former Premier Soccer Academy into a rehabilitation center.

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LORAIN — Ownership of several parcels on All Pro Athletic Avenue in Lorain were transferred last week to a subsidiary of Sprenger Health Care Systems as part of an upcoming drug rehabilitation facility.

According to documents from the Lorain County Auditor’s Office, Silver Maple Properties purchased the land for $2.6 million, and the sale officially went through Thursday.

Silver Maple Properties has the same tax billing address as Sprenger at 3885 Oberlin Ave. and the company already went before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals in April to get a conditional use permit for the high-end drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

At the April 4 meeting, Mike Cloud, a civil engineer with Sheffield Lake-based North Coast Design Build, said the building, which sits on All Pro Athletic Avenue off of Leavitt Road near Lighthouse Village, was originally constructed as a dormitory and training center for Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy.

“The concept is to renovate the interior of the facility, replace and improve the landscaping all around the building, create an outdoor activity space and resurface the parking lot and drives to create a 40-bed addiction recovery center with an all-male population,” he said, noting Sprenger would operate the facility.

Cloud said this is “Phase I” of the project. “Phase II” would involve constructing an addition on the property to hold 29 beds for an all-female population.

Cloud also said residents of the facility, who would be staying there on a voluntary basis, would stay on-site 24 hours a day, and staff also would be on-site 24 hours a day. Programming would be centered on health, wellness and addiction therapy.

“It will serve those affected by the addiction epidemic, which has significantly affected Ohio and Lorain County,” he said. “We intend for this to be a well-run, reasonably high-end facility to treat people who are there of their own choice. We feel it’s a pretty appropriate location.”

At the meeting, residents in the area expressed concerns about a lack of privacy fence separating the facility from the surrounding neighborhoods. In response, the conditional use of the land was approved with a 3-0 vote and one abstention on the condition that a privacy fence, which can be no higher than 7 feet, be added to the plans.

According to the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the facility will be called Silver Maple Recovery, and Sprenger Regional Director Jason Coe is listed as the contact person for the facility.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said he was happy to see the transfer go through.

“Sprenger’s track record is superb, and they continue to show a commitment to Lorain,” he said. “This center will provide needed services while at the same time adding jobs to the city.”

Contact Katie Nix at (440) 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @KatieHNix.


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