On Thursday, March 10, Kenneth Taylor, CEO of Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care – which had been planning on building a recovery center in Des Moines’ Woodmont neighborhood – sent a letter to the City of Des Moines announcing that they “have decided not to pursue this project.” Valley Cities has withdrawn all permit applications that were pending for the campus as well. In addition, Valley Cities is asking the city to “refund all of the development and permit fees that Valley Cities has paid to date for this project.” Here’s the full letter:

March 10, 1016 Dear Mr. Tony Piasecki, The purpose of this letter is to formally notify you that Valley Cities is withdrawing the Conditional Use Permit LUA 2014-0038 and all associated permit applications, including the design review and the building permit, that are pending for the Woodmont Recovery Campus. We have decided not to pursue this project. I also request that the City refund all of the development and permit fees that Valley Cities has paid to date for this project. In addition, it is our understanding that the City of Des Moines is considering adding allowed uses to the zoning regulations for properties zoned Woodmont Commercial south of south 268th Street. As you know, Valley Cities recently announced that we have entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement on our property in Des Moines (see attached.) We would like you to know that we fully support adding uses to the Woodmont Commercial zone, particularly mixed use, and encourage the City Council to approve such additions. Sincerely, Kenneth Taylor, CEO Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care
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