- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - City officials have given the green light to convert a former South Ogden monastery into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/1qfowat ) that the South Ogden planning commission voted 5-0 this week to approve a conditional use permit for the project.

The Mount Benedict Monastery has been vacant since a group of five nuns moved to Minnesota last summer.

The Steps Recovery Center is planning to convert the 18-acre property into a residential treatment center. The commission approved 20 patients and 10 staff members for the facility.

Steps founder Mike Jorgensen had asked to be allowed to have 64 patients.

Jorgensen says the spiritual nature of the campus was especially attractive for the rehab company, which uses the spirituality-based 12-Step treatment model.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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