Palmer Lake inn sold

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The Inn at Palmer Divide closed Sunday and will transition to a rehabilitation center this summer.

Advanced Recovery Systems, a behavioral health care management company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is in the final stages of purchasing the Inn at Palmer Divide in Palmer Lake.

ARS treats people for substance abuse, alcoholism, addictions and eating disorders with related mental health treatment programs and centers.

Allison Walsh, vice president of business development and branding with ARS, said the rehabilitation company will renovate the inn and open The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, “a premier treatment facility for adults struggling with addiction and substance use disorders.”

Al Fritts, former owner of the inn, said the decision to sell stemmed from economic hardships.

“We’ve been in business now for 10 years and just have decided to make a change,” Fritts said. “We’ve had financial struggles due to the economy over the past few years.”

Fritts said the last day of operations for the inn and its restaurant, moZaic, was Sunday.

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“We won’t do much to the outside. It’s gorgeous.”

– Allison Walsh

[/pullquote]The inn will become a 56-bed, full-continuum-of-care center available 24 hours a day, seven days week to patients from around the country who are seeking treatment. Admission to the facility will be voluntary.

“We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to convert the Inn at Palmer Divide into an ARS recovery center,” said ARS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sam Kelley via a news release. “We could not ask for a more beautiful, serene and therapeutic location to foster the recovery of our patients.”

According to Walsh, the recovery center aims for a June opening, with minor interior renovations planned over the next 90 days.

“We won’t do much to the outside. It’s gorgeous. Inside, rooms will remain largely the same,” she said, “and we’ll be adjusting some meeting spaces into therapists’ offices.”

Walsh said ARS is seeking to retain as many inn employees as possible and will have as many as 60 positions to fill.

Dr. Lewis Gold, co-chief executive officer of ARS, said in the release that the new center will be modeled after The Recovery Village, an ARS-owned treatment center in Umatilla, Fla. In August 2013, The Recovery Village received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval “in recognition of its commitment to the highest standards of treatment for substance abuse, mental health and eating disorders,” the release stated. Gold stated that ARS will also pursue accreditation for its newest location.

“I felt like this change of use for the facility would be excellent for this community and the people they will be able to help in their addiction and recovery efforts,” Fritts added.

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