Port St. Lucie’s New Detox Center
It’s been a rough road, but the Torino Addiction Treatment Campus is finally making its way to Port St. Lucie after an exhausting three year battle with city officials and angry residents. Plans for the hotly debated detox center were presented by Dr. Jose Toledo, a neurologist and addiction, who will run the center. Dr. Toledo has a fair amount of experience given his time as the head of Palm City’s New Life Addiction Treatment Center.
The controversial treatment center has been a topic of discussion since 2013 when a “special-exception” was sought after by Dr. Toledo in the hopes of building a new center to aid in the growing rates of addiction in Port St. Lucie. City officials weren’t exactly chomping at the bit to allow him to break ground, though, and ultimately denied his application.
A little thing like a denied application wasn’t going to stop Dr. Toledo from reaching out to more of those who are in need of treatment for addiction. So, he did what he had to do to get the decision reversed. He filed a lawsuit against the city citing discrimination as it falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Citing a lack of monetary backing as one of the major causes of delay for the project, Dr. Toledo proudly told TCPalm, “We’re finalizing everything with the bank, and if everything goes as expected we should break ground later this month.”
The Torino Addiction Treatment Campus is located in Port St. Lucie on Northwest East Torino Parkway, will reportedly cost $6 million and will have two one-story buildings. One of the two buildings will be a 9,900 square foot drug and alcohol detoxification facility and the other will be a 14,000 square foot sober living facility. The first building is expected to be completed by December, however, the plans for the second building have yet to be completed.
Dr. Toledo seems pretty confident that construction on at least the first building will begin shortly despite the less than thrilled reactions displayed by those of the Torino Residential Committee. This group of angry residents greatly oppose the location of the centers as many feel that it will attract more crime due to its ties to drug abuse as well as having the potential to negatively impact property values. Only time will tell if their concerns are valid, though.