Acquisition of the former campsite also was to strengthen the state’s bid to get Fort Ancient and other Ohio parks featuring Native American culture added to the United Nations’ list of World Heritage Sites.
On Wednesday, the zoning board set 15 conditions before holding a site review plan for the development.
The center is to comply with all requirements for residential treatment centers and house no more than 90 patients at a time permitted to return to the center no more than four times a year.
Only voluntary patients are to be treated at the center to be staffed 24 hours a day. The project must comply with standards set by the Salem Twp.-Morrow Fire Department, Warren County Soil and Water District, the Ohio EPA and Department of Transportation.
Trees and vegetation are to be preserved.
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A range of in-patient treatments for drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions are to be provided.
Some camp structures would be used, with new buildings to be constructed on the ridge top area of the property.
Steve Cesler, owner of the property, said he would discuss his decision to back the treatment center, which faced opposition from residents and the Salvation Army camp, which owns a neighboring camp, youths and residents, after the zoning board decided on the permit.
Cesler, who had been on the Kings Domain Camp board, purchased the property through a limited liability corporation for $1.2 million at a sheriff’s sale in September 2018.
On May 12, Cesler was the last witness called by the lawyer representing the Cedar Oaks Wellness Center proposal during the 4½ hour hearing attended by more than 70 people, most via remote connections due COVID-19 orders.