Rehab house for Washington County women clears ‘huge hurdle’

Brooke Simmers

Submitted Photo:  Brooke in 2011 at High Rock, one of her favorite places.

September 21, 2016

Brooke’s House, a proposed sober-living facility for local women, has found a home.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night granted a special exception for the center to be located south of Hagerstown in an area zoned office, research and industry.

The property, a 20-acre parcel owned by Downsville Lot C 20 LLC, is at the corner of Downsville Pike and Technology Boulevard, between Callas Contractors and Intelsat Corp.

Clear Spring resident Kevin Simmers, the father of 19-year-old Brooke Simmers, who died of a heroin overdose in 2015, has been leading the effort to build the rehabilitation facility.

“It’s a huge hurdle for Brooke’s House,” he said Thursday. “And the quicker we can get it built, the quicker we will be to able to help a lot of girls who are struggling and get them in recovery.”

Plans for the facility include eight bedrooms with a capacity to serve 16 women.

A handful of supporters attended the hearing before the appeals board, which unanimously approved the request. No one spoke in opposition.

With the zoning exception approved, Simmers said attorneys can now enter into negotiations with the owners to secure the property.

 To date, the fundraising effort is about halfway to its goal, with about $200,000 to go to be able to break ground, he said.

“We’d like to break ground in 2017,” he said.

Simmers said tax-deductible donations can be sent to Brooke’s House, 12405 Nesbitt Ave., Clear Spring, MD 21722.

 

 

 

Story by:  CJ Lovelace – Staff Writer/Herald-Mail Media.

For arial view of property, go to:  http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/brooke-s-house-aerial-view/pdf_0264fc7e-8137-11e6-bebc-137244424fef.html

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For Brooke’s House preliminary floor plan, go to:  http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/brooke-s-house-prelim-floor-plan/pdf_5e1a2d0a-8137-11e6-ada5-d7bde0a6c06d.html

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