Last Thursday, the Pine Street community came together to discuss the Phoenix Recovery Center, a transitional housing service for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, accepting prisoners and parolees into the program.
Phoenix Recovery Center owner, Matt Bell, said the meeting helped to inform the community about what the recovery center does and how it operates.
“We had overwhelming support for what we do and our mission as a recovery center, but many people said ‘I like what you do, but not in my backyard,’” he said.
A total of about 25 residents were in attendance, said Scott Grummer, program manager of community development. According to Grummer, issues of property value, pedestrian foot traffic and the acceptance of violent offenders were among the topics discussed.
The Phoenix Recovery Center does not accept individuals who have had a sexual related offense, or any violent charges, past or present.
“We want to know the whole history, not just current charges, but over the course of his lifetime,” said Wendy Founds, Phoenix Recovery Center executive assistant.
Community members also voiced concerns about tenants with burglary related charges, fearing there may be future issues of burglary in the neighborhood, Grummer said.
Overall, the meeting allowed the community to have a more organized voice, he said.
“At the end of the day the community wants reassurance that the city and the owner will continue to partner to make sure their community will continue to rise up and not be negatively effected,” Grummer said.
A public hearing is scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. in the District Court Building, 810 Parkway.
“I anticipate there to be opposition to the proposal, but I’m optimistic that the neighborhood is much more informed, the neighborhood understands what we’re doing and if i can alleviate their concerns on crime, property value and safety I’ll try to do so,” Bell said.
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