Laura Lane and Abby Tonsing, Herald-Times
The money behind an addiction recovery center that leased a doctor’s office in Bloomington, bought an apartment building across the street and hopes to establish a detox hospital and laboratory north of town is from a wealthy Florida man who operates a string of similar centers and drug-testing labs.
Kirill Vesselov is the 32-year-old president and CEO of the Indiana Center for Recovery, a forprofit addictions treatment center that opened quietly in June at 1004 W. First St. in the former medical office of Dr. Caitilin Kelly. In November, the state Division of Mental Health and Addiction issued the business an Addiction Services Provider Regular Certification after reviewing its application, which included 13 pages of policies and procedures.
Last March, Vesselov and his company, ICFR Residence LLC of Bloomington, bought the 24-unit Stonehenge apartment building at 909 W. First St. for $1.6 million. Vesselov’s real estate agent had approached the owner months before and inquired about purchasing the building. It was not for sale, and had been appraised for $1.25 million.
Then in November, Vesselov and his father, Florida resident Mikhail Vesselov, paid $450,000 for the former Hoosier Energy headquarters and 3.5 acres on East Ellis Road north of Bloomington. They want to open a detox inpatient center, to be called The Haven, where people trying to kick drugs or alcohol will spend one to two weeks drying out before advancing to the next treatment level in supervised housing.
The Vesselovs also plan to operate a drug-testing laboratory at the Ellis Road site to screen patients’ urine and blood for drugs. They need a land-use variance from the Monroe County Board of Zoning Appeals to transform the office building’s legal uses to include the hospital/ detox center.