Klean Plans to Close Its WeHo Drug and Alcohol Residential Recovery Center

Klean Recovery Center, 850 Hilldale Ave.

White Rabbit Partners plans to close its Klean drug and alcohol addiction residential treatment center in West Hollywood next year.

The Klean center, located at 850 Hilldale Ave., has 26 beds and offers a variety of treatment programs. Klean also currently operates residential treatment facilities in Long Beach, Wash., and La Pine, Ore., as well as offering outpatient services in both of those states and in West Hollywood. It and the Breathe Life Healing Center at 8750 Sunset Blvd. are the only addiction recovery services in West Hollywood that offer residential treatment, although others are nearby.

David Giugni, West Hollywood’s social services manager, said in an email that Klean has confirmed it will leave the Hilldale location by June of next year and has not said what it intends to do with the property. WEHOville has reached out to Andrew Spanswick, CEO of White Rabbit, but as of publication has not heard from him.

In July 2009 Klean leased the Hilldale property, which then contained rent-stabilized apartments on lots ranging from 840 to 854 1/2 Hilldale, for its residential treatment center. Klean and the property owner, identified as three limited liability companies, were sued by the city for taking those rent-stabilized apartments off the rental market. The three LLCs are controlled by Jeff Klein, owner of the Sunset Tower hotel and of 850 San Vicente Blvd., a lot whose San Vicente Inn has been redeveloped into the “850,” a luxury bed and breakfast inn.

The City of West Hollywood, Klean and the property owners agreed in 2010 to settle the lawsuit rather than pursue it in court. The agreement requires that Klean house no more than 36 people on the Hilldale property and that it provide 10% of the beds to West Hollywood residents, free of charge. Klean is said to charge an average of $30,000 a month per bed, with stays ranging from one to three months. A Klean employee has told WEHOville that West Hollywood residents at the facility have been or will be moved to the Breathe center on Sunset.

Klean describes its Hilldale residences as upscale treatment centers, with suites that house no more than two people to a bedroom and offer wide-screen television, catered daily meals and walks and hikes. It offers rehab help for addiction to alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth, prescription drugs and heroin.

Klean was the scene of a minor scandal in January when Olivia Voltaire, aka Olivia Lua, a well-known young porn performer, was found dead in the Hilldale recovery center in what the L.A. County Coroner has confirmed was a drug overdose. A Klean employee, since fired, was said to have provided illegal drugs to Voltaire and to other residents in exchange for sex. Spanswick, in an interview with WEHOville in January, said he couldn’t comment on allegations about that employee because it was a personnel matter.

Jimmy Palmieri said he was saddened by the closing of Klean’s West Hollywood center. Palmieri is founder of the Tweakers Project, a non-profit that works to help addicts achieve a sober life, and a member of the city’s Human Services Commission.

“Klean has been a very good civic partner with a lot of sober events,” Palmieri said. It’s unfortunate that we will not have them for much longer as a source of recovery.”

But Palmieri noted that the City of West Hollywood has relationships with other recovery service providers including the McIntyre House and Tarzana Treatment Centers. He also said that the city has been very supportive of the recovery community since it was incorporated in 1984. “Regardless of whether Klean closes or not, the city will do all it can and no one is going to be left behind,” he said.


7 Comments
  1. I have no doubt that Mr. Klein will turn the Hilldale properties into extensions of the new private club, the San Vicente Bungalows. There are no rent controlled tenants to evict and the properties already share rear property lines. I’m sure the buildings will be treated to an upscale rehab and it will be good for them to have the extra parking that the San Vicente side lacks.

    My issue is with turning the San Vicente Bungalows into a private club. The neighbors were promised an upscale hotel/spa on par with high end properties like the San Ysidro Inn. We were going to get a nice restaurant and bar we could walk to and have a meal or a drink. You can’t get that at the 850 across the street and now the great unwashed masses aren’t welcome in the private club. You have to have a referral to even be invited to join the club. The City didn’t seem to have any problem giving approval for this change. It may not make much difference to them, but it makes a difference to the neighborhood.

    1. I agree. We were promised one thing, the community supported the project and then we were all told that we couldn’t even step foot on the property. Good luck to Mr. Klein in the future when he needs community support.

  2. This location shares the property line of the (former San Vicente Inn) behind the new Jeff Klein ‘ private clubs hotel’ which appears to be opening soon. Per this article, Klein owns both. Would make perfect sense for this to be added to the club. Along with the 850 hotel, they did a lovely job in the renovation and have improved this area.

    Can we unite and get the federal USPS to clean up, improve, or move out of ugly post office. It is an eye sore

  3. Drugs of all kinds can be bought, traded and sold within a 1-2 mile radius around that drug treatment center!

    At people’s most vulnerable state of mind and body do they interchangeably seek the legal route only to relapse or get drugs to ween or get high through so-called health professional(s) or healthcare employee(s) working there to try to get them well,
    only to become their drug dealer and get them more addicted just for sexual favors. The lengths people will go through for their impulses and urges on both sides not knowing the fatal consequences since this patient can relapse and overdose at any moment!

    Another thing to strip rent control only for the interests of for profit enterprises at the expense of longtime residents to be displaced just for drug treatment center prices. I guess $30,000 a month sounded better than $ 3,000 a month or less depending on rent control.

    How did this transaction occur and remain legal in the first place? The city was unaware that drug centers can just pop up covertly and operate under disguise. How gullible or ill informed are these minicipal employees allowing this to occur?!

    Again many unincorporated companies get the upper hand at the residents and city’s embarrassment and expense! Business as usual in this city I guess is the common theme and phrase!

    1. The law says you can’t discriminate against a residential drug rehab center. The city had no recourse. This was already discussed 10 years ago when the rehab center opened.

  4. It’s always been odd that a recovery center would be only yards away from the biggest party scene in California. But it’s now a convenient 10 years after the rent controlled tenants were evicted and the “850” hotel abutting this property is complete. Wonder what will become of the these buildings?

    1. Klean was already occupying the space when the new owners took over. The lease was for 10 years (signed with the previous owner) and that lease is up. They were informed long ago (by the current owner) that their lease would not be renewed. They threatened “discrimination” lawsuit. Apparently a deal was reach to make them go quietly into the night. Although I don’t know about you but when my lease is up I have very little recourse. I don’t own the property. The landlord owns the property, pays the mortgage and property taxes and has every right not to renew the lease for whatever reason. And yes, it was a very strange thing to decide to open a sober living facility steps away from party town USA. It’s like putting a diabetic in a candy store.

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