Harbor Hall eyes facility expansion | Local

PETOSKEY — Representatives for Harbor Hall gave a presentation about plans to expand their facilities during the Petoskey City Council’s meeting on Monday.

With an eye on the expansion, Harbor Hall has purchased the Fabiano Brothers beverage distribution property, located south of the substance abuse treatment provider’s current facility at 704 Emmet St.

Harbor Hall currently provides treatment services to men. The center has 52 beds, and staff would like to add 28 beds after the expansion.

Project architect Tim Janzen said the main reason for the expansion is to open up a women’s wing. He said representatives are just in the conceptual phase for the expansion.

“We tried to create something that fits into the architecture of Petoskey and would look residential in that area,” Janzen said.

Since Harbor Hall officials have purchased the Fabiano Brothers site, the facility now owns property on both sides of Rush Street between Elizabeth and Emmet streets. Representatives for Harbor Hall want city officials to agree to vacate the one-block section of Rush.

As stated in a letter sent to the city from Harbor Hall Foundation President Tim Kepford, Rush Street currently divides the Harbor Hall campus. Janzen said if the city doesn’t vacate Rush Street, it would be almost impossible to complete the development as proposed.

Janzen said an open house is being planned to present the expansion plans to the neighborhood. The council requested Harbor Hall representatives come back after the open house.

Pat McGinn, chief executive officer of Harbor Hall, said details for the open house hadn’t been finalized yet, but the event will happen soon. He said the main purpose of the expansion is to bring treatment to women. The organization wants to be open and transparent with the community about the development, McGinn said.

“I recommend you do this open house with people in the neighborhood sooner than later because they are the ones you are going to be sharing the neighborhood with,” said mayor John Murphy during the council meeting.

Murphy said he supports the expansion and thinks it would be good for the community, but he needs more details from the representatives of Harbor Hall to decide if he would support vacating Rush Street.

If city officials decide to vacate Rush Street, phase one of the expansion would include constructing a…

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