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Proposal would turn former Catholic girls school into drug rehab facility

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The old site of Mercy Academy at 1176 E. Broadway The old site of Mercy Academy at 1176 E. Broadway
Michael Long Michael Long

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Developers want to make big changes at the former site of Mercy Academy. There is a proposal to transform the property on the eastern edge of downtown it into a rehabilitation center.

For 106 years, the land at 1176 East Broadway housed the girls' Catholic high school. The six buildings, one of which goes back to the turn of the century, now stand empty after the school moved to its new home on Fegenbush Lane in 2007.

The proposal says the Louisville Center for Rehabilitative Medicine would be a state-licensed facility specializing in substance abuse treatment. Its clients would be people with drug and alcohol addictions receiving in-patient treatment.  

According to the pre-application the mission is to "help people rebuild their lives with hope, independence, and dignity. After the pre-application, the developers will need to hold a neighborhood meeting, submit a formal application and have a public hearing through the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA). 

Michael Long lives nearby and said the new facility sounds like a good idea.  

"I been in recovery for a couple of months now, going to alcoholics anonymous, trying to take care of a problem that hurt my family," said Long. "So if I could see more people get help I'm all for it." 

There is a former convent, infirmary, cafeteria, library and gymnasium on the site. According to the pre-application, those rooms would be transformed into spaces for group counseling, twelve-step workshops, and educational seminars.  

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