NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Two local nonprofits are one major step closer to reopening The Harbor, a mental health and substance abuse center, that shuttered last year.
On Monday, county commissioners voted unanimously to approve the acquisition of the former Sherwood Manor Rest Home at 1605 Robin Hood Rd. According to the request for action, the county will acquire the 13,000-square-foot facility for no more than $1.65 million, the current owner’s asking price.
In June, RHA Health Services and Trillium Health Resources announced it would reopen the facility in partnership with Leading Into New Communities (LINC) to offer assistance to people experiencing overlapping issues, such as the transition from prison and mental health and addiction struggles.
They originally asked $3.4 million to cover purchasing the land and building, as well as $675,000 for LINC to operate its transitional housing in the new facility, $572,000 for shared office and community space and $650,000 for program furniture and equipment.
However, the county only approved $1.65 million property purchase at this time. The request for board action states:
“Once the renovation and operations plan for the facility has been developed, it is expected staff will return to the Board of Commissioners with its recommendations.”
RHA and LINC found the location in August, situated in New Hanover Medical Park, less than a mile away from the previous facility at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Sherwood will be converted to 16 beds for detox services and 20 beds for transitional housing.
The two nonprofits shared their $4.9 million plan to buy and renovate the facility. Trillium has committed $1.5 million to bring the property up to state standards for a facility-based crisis/non-hospital medical detox center.
According to RHA and LINC’s August memo, ongoing operational costs of the facility will be funded from two sources. LINC receives its portion from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. State and Medicaid funding will support the needs of The Harbor.
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