St. Francis approves rezoning request for new treatment center

The St. Francis City Council May 6 unanimously approved a request by Meridian Behavioral Health to rezone an 8-acre site on outlot A of the Meadows of St. Francis to allow for the construction of a 48-bed substance abuse treatment center west of 229th Avenue and Cree Street.

The site, which had been zoned R-3, medium density residential, for townhomes, is now zoned R-4, high density Residential.

Meridian Behavioral Health plans to begin construction on the 24,929 square-foot building this summer, and the facility is expected to open by the end of the year. Meridian Behavioral Health owns a similar facility outside of Stillwater.

Meridian had been searching for an Anoka County location for its newest treatment center and found that St. Francis was a good fit, said City Planner Nate Sparks. Meridian owns a total of 13 treatment centers, including five other residential centers and outpatient facilities serving adults and juveniles in the metro area, Pine City and Brainerd.

The new St. Francis facility will serve adults.