Controversial Red Hook Drug Rehab Center Team Returns to CB6 on Wednesday

By Nikhita Venugopal on January 20, 2014 3:22pm 

 Mike Mossberg and Johan Sorensen, the team behind Urban Recovery House, a high-end rehabilitation center that's planned for Red Hook.
Mike Mossberg and Johan Sorensen, the team behind Urban Recovery House, a high-end rehabilitation center that's planned for Red Hook.
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RED HOOK — A high-end rehabilitation center planned for Red Hook will update residents this week on its ongoing community outreach.

Jonathan Greenspun, a representative for Urban Recovery House a drug and alcohol treatment center designed to serve high-income New Yorkers for short-term care — will update the community on its efforts at Community Board 6’s Youth, Human Services and Education committee meeting on Jan. 22.

The facility's reps rankled some in the community when they announced plans to build an inpatient clinic at 110 Beard St. to Community Board 6 last month.

Some in the community worried that the facility could return the area to its former reputation as “the crack capital of America,” according to Life magazine — asked Urban Recovery House to delay its opening by a few months, and return to the board this month to revisit the discussion. 

Michael Mossberg and Johan Sorensen, the team behind Urban Recovery House, told CB6 and residents in December that Red Hook would serve as an ideal location because of its proximity to Manhattan but “quietness in relation to other parts of New York City,” Mossberg said.

The 20,000-square-foot center would offer one-to-one therapy, group therapy, holistic treatments, nutritional advice, exercise, music, yoga, acupuncture, and more, they said.

“At this point we have no further comment beyond the fact that we continue the community outreach we promised the Board we'd conduct at the Dec. 18 meeting,” Greenspun told DNAinfo New York in an email this week.

Following the Community Board's urging for the facility to reach out to community groups and elected officials to discuss their plans, Greenspun said the center has spoken to the office of newly appointed councilman Carlos Menchaca. It has also reached out to the Red Hook Initiative and Red Hook Civic Association although formal meetings have yet to be scheduled, he said.

Greenspun also hopes to contact the tenants’ association for Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex, he said.

Brooklyn Community Board 6’s Youth, Human Services and Education committee will meet Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 1 Prospect Park West.

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