A groundbreaking for the new Silver Maple Recovery addiction treatment center was held Friday, Nov. 16 on Rt. 58 in Lorain.
On track to open March 4, the facility is owned by Sprenger Health Care, which operates Amherst Manor.
While it’s in the city of Lorain, the Silver Maple is inside the Amherst school district and will contribute to the schools’ tax base through the creation of 40 full-time jobs.
Sprenger is renovating the former Brad Friedel Soccer Academy, which in recent years has been home to the Lost Nation Sports Park.
Because the treatment center is located just about a mile from the county’s proposed Recovery One facility at the former Golden Acres Nursing Home site in Amherst Township, prompting us to wonder how the two compare and contrast.
Silver Maple director of operations Jason Coe said he fully supports what the county wants to do at Recovery One. He sees his for-profit center as a supplemental option for those seeking treatment, not as competition.
“I think the biggest problem with most individuals who struggle with addiction is they have limited options for treatment,” said Coe.
Silver Maple will be Lorain County’s first sub-acute detox facility, offering care for people who other than addiction are generally in good mental and physical health and who don’t require hospitalization or around-the-clock monitoring.
The Sprenger facility will include 42 beds for men with eight private suites for detox and six semi-private rooms for short-term residents.
Workers there will use evidence-based treatment techniques and will have the option to offer medicine-assisted treatment.
Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, alcohol — whatever the struggle, they will treat it, Coe said.
He said the former soccer academy is perfect for Silver Maple’s needs. “It’s an excellent facility. It’s a new building. It’s perfect for a residential setting. It was constructed in a high-grade manner,” he said.
The site includes a full gym that will be part of the treatment program.
The average stay for most clients will be 30 days.
“It’s honestly an ideal set-up for what we want to do,” Coe said during a tour of the facility Friday. “I don’t think we could have drawn it up better than it already is.”
Sprenger is working on state application approval for the site as well as a food service license and county inspections.
The company is already planning a second phase for 2020 — the addition of a 28-unit women’s treatment center, according to Amy Sanfilippo, vice president of acquisitions and development.
In the meantime, Sprenger is also working on a $9.5 million restoration of Amherst’s former Central School, which the health care company has owned since the 1980s.
The 1907 building is being transformed into a 40-unit assisted living facility with open-to-the-public businesses inside, including a soda shop and a bar.
Demolition at the site is “fairly complete,” said Sanfilippo and units are being drywalled.