DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Fisher Mansion in Detroit’s upscale Palmer Woods neighborhood is being renovated to become a retreat for drug addicts.
Officials with California-based Breathe Life Healing Centers said the 28-room, Tudor Revival-style building on Balmoral Drive will be a “spiritual retreat,” the Detroit News reported.
A Breathe Life spokesman said the center, which could open as early as this winter, won’t provide medical care onsite. A separate facility on 7 Mile Road near Livernois would treat clients’ medical needs.
Self-help guru Brad Lamm will run the retreat and live in the mansion, which would serve as a “spiritual retreat that provides a peaceful living environment for those looking to find respite and lead happier, healthier lives.”
Palmer Woods Association board member Rochelle Lento says neighbors are “very concerned” about the center. She says it doesn’t fit zoning guidelines for the residential community.
It’s unclear if the facility would need zoning changes or a special license.
The Fisher Mansion, built in 1926, sold in August for $1.6 million.
According to its website, Breathe Life Healing Center specializes in treating a wide variety of addictions, underlying psychological issues and trauma. The center offers community-focused addiction recovery programs, integrating personal recovery, spiritual discovery and clinical care. Programs focus on recovery from chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders, food and weight stabilization, as well as failure to launch.
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