City commissioners gave inital approval Monday to a $30 million to $45 million expansion of the nonprofit addiction treatment Hanley Center near St. Mary’s Medical Center.
The project, approved by a 5-0 vote, will add 120 beds and create 144 jobs, officials said.
Hanley plans to add several buildings to its main campus, including two residential halls with 60 beds for young clients, and build a north campus with a 59,728-square-foot, 60-bed group home for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The expansion will have a total economic impact of $21.7 million, officials of the nonprofit estimated, including a doubling of hotel room nights, from 2,460 to 5,280 a year, for relatives coming to town to support patients.
Hanley plans to expand its 12-acre, 82-bed treatment “west campus,” west of St. Mary’s, adding a chapel and an athletics and wellness center and adding onto six buildings, creating separate male and female residential halls for adolescents, ages 13 to 17, and for young adults, 18 to 26.
Hanley is also asking to build on the nearly 5-acre site of the former Hillcrest Manor nursing and rehabilitation center, about a mile north of 45th Street. It plans a 60-bed unit for “baby boomers” — ages 46 to 64 — as well as seniors. It also plans a separate 16,000-square-foot, 2-story structure for future uses.
That property is isolated and at the far north end of the city, officials said. “I think it’s an ideal location,” commissioner Sylvia Moffett said.
The city’s planning board had unanimously passed Hanley’s plan in August. The city commission is set to hold a second and final vote Oct. 15.
Mayor Jeri Muoio asked Monday that between now and then, Hanley officials make themselves available to answer commissioners’ questions about the expansion.
And Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell asked that Hanley be sure to explain its plans to members of the adjacent Northwood Hills Neighborhood Association. No residents spoke at Monday’s meeting.
If Hanley gets the final OK, it hopes to start construction next summer and open the first phase in 1½ to two years, with the entire complex finished in about four years.