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http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/hernando-county-planners-deny-adult-congregate-living-facility/1036206

I hadn't seen this; I'm having trouble deciding if the proposed "adult congregate living facility" is a new cult business, or something else.  So, what do y'all think?  Is scientology going into the assisted living business?

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Hernando County planners deny adult congregate living facility

By Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BROOKSVILLE — Plans for a 130-bed adult congregate living facility in a neighborhood off Cessna Drive and Toucan Trail were dashed Monday by the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to deny a special exception that would have allowed the project on property adjacent to a drug rehabilitation center that neighbors strongly opposed earlier this year.

The commissioners cited concerns about the density of the project and its compatibility with the surrounding residential area. They were especially concerned when the applicant asked to drop a proposed condition that would have limited facility residents to those 55 or older.

The 7.6 acres owned by Transmark Construction Corp., the applicant on Monday, was part of a larger parcel permitted for a 150-bed congregate care facility in 1992. That facility was only partially built; then the land was divided, and the parcels were sold separately. One of those other pieces is now the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center.

Earlier this year, the center's owners sought a special exemption to expand the facility, but neighbors objected, and eventually the County Commission denied the expansion.

Owners of the center, which is affiliated with Scientology, have challenged the commission's vote in court.

On Monday, Joe Mason, the attorney representing Suncoast Rehabilitation, urged the Planning and Zoning Commission to turn down the Transmark application.

If it were granted and the court overturns the County Commission denial of Suncoast's plan, the combined parcels would include more beds and buildings than approved in 1992, Mason argued.

But county planning director Ron Pianta said the Transmark application was being treated as a new application. "The previous cap of 150 beds does not apply,'' he said.

Richard Matassa, speaking for Transmark, said that he was seeking the special exception to build seven more buildings to add to seven already on the site, increasing the available beds from 70 to 130. A buyer was interested in the property and wanted assurance that a facility of that capacity would be permitted.

Matassa also explained that the owner did not want the age limitation because the facility then could accept people younger than 55 who, because of a medical condition, might need assisted living.

Citing the current economic conditions, Matassa also wanted three years, rather than the two requested by county staffers, to begin to use the site for the stated purpose.

Nearby resident Joan Lepore objected to the project, questioning who was interested in buying it and voicing concern that it might be used as additional space for drug rehabilitation.

One of the big arguments residents made against Suncoast Rehabilitation was that its facilities had been for elderly residents until the new owner turned it into a residential drug treatment facility.

"This is strictly a residential area,'' Lepore said. "This is a business, and a business doesn't belong in a senior area. It doesn't belong in a residential area.''

When the county's zoning administrator allowed the drug rehabilitation facility to move into the former congregate care facility, "now Pandora's box has been opened up,'' said Spring Hill resident Michael Burmann.

Planning commission member Thomas Comunale agreed, saying the project as proposed "does open up a lot of questions.''

Since drug addiction could be considered a disease that would require long-term care, dropping the age requirement did raise the question of whether drug rehabilitation could expand onto the site, said planning commission member Denis Riley.

"I'm concerned about the intensity," said acting commission Chairwoman Lisa Hammond. "I don't know if the intensity is appropriate."

She asked Matassa whether the number of units was negotiable. Matassa said the proposed size was necessary to make the project economically viable.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

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Re: SP Times article: Suncoast Rehabilitation, Florida narconon
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 20:55 »
Appears to be an assisted living facility on the face of things. Neighbors have valid concerns.
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Re: SP Times article: Suncoast Rehabilitation, Florida narconon
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009, 18:37 »
Isn't there a Suncoast operating in Atlanta?
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Re: SP Times article: Suncoast Rehabilitation, Florida narconon
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2009, 20:01 »
There are 39 active corporate registrations for Suncoast <somethings> in Georgia, but no Suncoast Rehabilitation that I found.

The State of Georgia corporate registration database can be searched here: http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/csearch.asp

I guess if Scientology of Ga. were going to open a nursing home, they could just buy the complex that the org is in - it's up for sale.  Fortunately, I don't think they have the resources for that right now.   ;)
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Re: SP Times article: Suncoast Rehabilitation, Florida narconon
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2009, 20:25 »
You may be thinking about Sunrise. I did a look up on the GA DHR website also and did not find Suncoast under personal care homes.
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Re: SP Times article: Suncoast Rehabilitation, Florida narconon
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 18:46 »
The way i read the related article is that the proposed nursing home was "Adjacent" to the already vetoed Drug rehab facility. Though i personally can not image the scenario, a group of scientologists running a nursing home is not that far fetched.

 What with all the management front groups scientologists have formed in the past, one could image a nursing home being another business angle. Think about it for a moment. What with the likes of Narconon operating out in the open, then couple that with the lack of DHR and or government oversite, you have a time tested formula for abuse. I do not have any information about the elderly and scientology. It is to my understanding, after your productive years are over from a financial point of view, scientology has a habit of what is called "Off loading" that which has become burdensome or unprofitable/unproductive.

 The elderly are very vulnerable as we all know. There has been many instances of unscrupulous business/nursing home operator,s perpetrating illegal and unethical practices. The mind boggles @ the mere mention of a scientology run nursing home.