CARP sells West Palm Beach site for $11.5 million

Four months after closing its doors, CARP — Palm Beach County’s oldest provider of substance abuse services to the poor and homeless — has sold its 7.2-acre campus the city’s north end for $11.5 million.

A new treatment center will open on the 45th Street site, operated by Alternatives in Treatment, said Kelly Landers, CARP’s treasurer. Alternatives in Treatment will lease the facility from its new owner, Atlas Real Estate Partners, which took a $9 million mortgage on the property, according to property records.

Atlas has vowed to spend $100 million on commercial properties in Palm Beach County. Its first deal was for the Clematis Street building that houses Starbucks.

Alternatives in Treatment also operates Delray Recovery Center in Delray Beach. As part of the agreement, Alternatives in Treatment will provide between 30-50 scholarships in its new facility for addicts and alcoholics who cannot afford treatment, Landers said.

CARP, meanwhile, also hopes to use proceeds from the sale to open a new detox center, Landers said.

“It was sad to see CARP go but it will be back,” said Landers, adding that a new location has not been found. “We’re going to go slow and do it correctly.”

CARP, the Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Program, closed its 170-bed campus on 45th Street in February after losing $3 million in state funding for failing to provide documentation to an oversight agency and for losing one of its licenses in January.

The property is near the former Hanley treatment center, another long-time, residential substance abuse treatment center that recently sold its operations and land. It sold in December to Origins Behavioral Healthcare, a Texas-based mental health and substance abuse treatment program.

Staff writer Jeff Ostrowski contributed to this story.

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