Overland residents resistant to proposed neighboring rehab center

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 7:00 PM

 (KMOV) – Residents were fired up on Wednesday after they found out an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility could be moving into their neighborhood.

Neighbors say they will do everything they can to stop the project.

State Representative Mary Nichols said she agreed that a rehab facility has no place in Overland.

The certificate of need proposed that the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center move into the neighborhood by the end of the year.

“I don’t see anything good coming from a drug rehab in a residential area like this,” said Cecile Jackson, an Overland resident.

Jackson is one of several Overland residents who said bringing a drug and alcohol rehab next to their homes is just unacceptable. The proposed site would be the second Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center after a first opened in Orlando in January.

Health care company Oglethorpe filed the application to open on the Overland site earlier this year. This would be the company’s ninth rehab facility.

Residents say they don’t care how much experience the company has with treating addiction, this will shake up their quiet neighborhood and the risk is just too high.

“People getting out, people stealing, drug addicts will do anything to get drugs,” said resident, Deborah Dyer.

News 4 spoke with company executives who said they plan to pour around $3.5 million into renovating the property into a 44-bed inpatient substance abuse center.

The plans will include some security to insure patients stay within the walls. But neighbors say that hasn’t helped their peace of mind.

“We’re all going to be locked in our houses and not getting out.”

The approval hearing to give the green light for the project is set for May 5. 

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