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MOUNT LAUREL - Recovery Centers of America, which is seeking to build drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the region, has officially withdrawn its application with Mount Laurel Township’s Zoning Board.

The Mount Laurel web site had an update in the important announcement area that the application for 3030 Route 38 (ZB#15B209) “has been cancelled."

The application was set to be heard at a meeting on Wednesday night at the Mount Laurel Township building.

RCA was rebuffed in its plans to open a rehab facility in Haddonfield previously and had at one time looked to open a 300-plus bed facility in Mount Laurel, but RCA founder and CEO Brian O’Neill told the Courier-Post weeks ago they had changed their mind on the Mount Laurel site and would no longer pursue it.

He said they plan to “100 percent” go forward with a site in Gloucester Township.

The proposed facility in Mount Laurel was to include inpatient and outpatient treatment on the 14-plus acres near Union Mill and Ark Roads. The area is also near the Laurel Green Apartments and the Laurel Creek housing development and many residents were concerned about the proximity to their neighborhoods.

Celeste E. Whittaker: (856) 486-2437; cwhittaker@gannettnj.com

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