It was widely believed that The Counseling Center (TCC) was still in the negotiation phase or simply interested in acquiring the Rodeway Inn.
Well, the deal was already done.
The Rodeway Inn will close its doors on Monday. According to reports, TCC plans to purchase the Valero gas station next door. It is unclear when the Valero will close. We contacted them and were unable to confirm the date.
Concerned citizens expressed frustration on Aug 2nd over the proposed sale of the Rodeway Inn on State Route 23 to The Counseling Center. The deal was already finalized without them knowing.
A spokesperson for the group attended the meeting of the County Commissioners. While the Commissioners valued the input, they emphasized that the issue needs to be addressed at the State level. Commissioner Cathy Coleman even suggested that they march on the Statehouse steps. In their opinion, this was an unprecedented move for a rehab to buy a motel.
During the meeting, Dale King from the Doc Spartan gym acted as an ambassador for TCC and promised to facilitate a meeting between Clay Township residents and TCC. King’s wife sits on the board, so he knew that the deal was already done when he gave his remarks. Furthermore, King said he employs 12 workers from TCC who are all from out of town. Doc Spartan gym and TCC have a long-standing relationship. He receives clients every month for an undisclosed fee.
No timeline has been provided by TCC for renovations and certifications. There have been no mentions of the situation on their website or social media. Before, they released a full 3D rendering of the Mitchelace building and SCDN served as the conduit to make the announcement.
We have not been able to find even a rudimentary pencil drawing of their plans given to the public or the press.
There is also confusion among members of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board. As most of their local oversight powers have been taken away by the state, these board members have many questions about the tactics employed by TCC but are unable to take action.
Ultimately, a nuisance property that taxed emergency responders and plagued the neighborhood will disappear. Silence will reign for a while. Until the building is renovated and the rooms are populated with clients, Clay Township will hold its collective breath.