The PATH Foundation has a contract to purchase the 50-acre Twin Oaks property, assessed at $1.9 million for county tax purposes, from Angela and Mark Smith.
“I’m very concerned about the permanent change in the status of the land we’ve work hard to keep open and rural,” neighboring landowner Kim Head says. “I don’t understand why this is the right place for this center.”
I saw hope. Hope is the key to recovery; hope is the key to turning your life around; hope is the key to wellness.
— Mental Health Association of Fauquier Executive Director Sallie Morgan
• Topic: Special exception permit to establish a 24-bed residential addiction recovery center on 50 acres at 6791 James Madison Highway (Route 17) just north of Warrenton.
• When: 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.
• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission.
• Length: About 36 minutes.
• Speakers: 12, with 10 supporting, one opposing the application; one speaker took no position.
• Action: Commission voted, 5-0, recommended approval of the application.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton
• Applicant: Warrenton-based Fauquier Health Foundation, doing business as PATH Foundation.
• Property owners: Mark S. and Angela Smith.
• Zoning: Rural, with a small amount of village fronting James Madison Highway.
• Details: The PATH Foundation and Massachusetts-based Herren Wellness Group want to establish a residential “spiritual wellness” center on the property to treat up to 24 recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. The “private-pay” retreat model uses meditation, yoga, mindfulness, reiki, exercise and group and individual coaching to provide residents with skills “necessary to return to a drug- and alcohol-free full and productive life.” It would employ 12 full- and eight part-time or contract workers.
• Next: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. The board Jan. 10 probably will conduct a public hearing on the application and could approve it that night.
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