ANDERSON - The Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a request by Ascension St. Vincent Health to build a specialized school for at-risk and challenged students.

Our partners at The Herald Bulletin are reporting the health system wants to invest up to $2 million to expand The Anderson Center.

St. Vincent Health says it wants to construct a 3,000-square-foot building to match the existing facility.

“The proposal is to provide treatment at the facility and eventually have the students return to their regular school,” said Tom Stires, deputy director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department.

The center treats a host of mental health and chemical dependency issues in both an in-patient and out-patient setting.

The publication says the expansion is expected to cost $1.5 million to $2 million and be completed in August for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

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