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Bay City Planning Commission defers vote on substance abuse clinic until next month

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  1. joshua minaya

    joshua minaya Active Contributor

    The Bay City Planning Commission still has questions about a proposed substance abuse and recovery clinic moving into an East Side Bay City neighborhood and deferred its decision to approve a special use permit for the property until next month.
    At its meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, the Planning Commission listened to officials from Holy Cross Youth and Family Services describe their nonprofit's history and how the voluntary clinic would operate in Bay City. They're hoping to obtain a special use permit to establish a supervised Kairos Healthcare Treatment and Recovery Residential Facility at the former St. Joseph Church rectory building at the corner of Grant and Third streets. The property is currently zoned for a residential-two neighborhood.

    Planning Commission President Frank Starkweather, however, wanted more information about the property to see if it just includes the church's rectory building, or if it extends into the site of the actual sanctuary. He also wants to see a purchase agreement or letter of intent between Holy Cross and the Saginaw Diocese that shows the nonprofit plans on purchasing the building.

    Bishop Cistone has given permission to explore the sale of the church, according to a Saginaw Diocese spokeswoman.

    The Planning Commission's next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 18.

    John Lynch, chief executive officer of Holy Cross, spoke extensively about the nonprofit's plan to operate in Bay City, saying there's a need for substance abuse recovery in the area.

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