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WPCNR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS. From the Carhart Neighborhood Association. September 17, 2012 UPDATED, September 18, 2012:
Last Wednesday evening, a large group of Carhart neighborhood residents rallied in opposition at the proposed site of the Sunrise drug & alcohol detox center at 37 Dekalb Avenue (see photo).
The rally was followed by a community meeting to discuss strategy in advance of the October 1st Public Hearing on this matter.
Safety remains the neighborhood #1 concern. There are no less than 10 school bus stops in the area and a sizable senior citizen population; two especially vulnerable groups. The proposed detox facility is on a voluntary basis which means patients can leave at any time without restriction.
Police records from both of Sunrise's operating facilities (Lake Worth, FL & Stirling, NJ) indicate criminal activity and significant police intervention.
Ken Kristal of the Carhart Association says they have met with Sunrise, but have not had a meeting in a year:
"In the late Spring of 2011 Sunrise did meet with several community members of Paladin's Keep condos & a few neighboring homeowners.
There was a second & final meeting in the late Spring/Summer 2011, but nothing since.
At those early meetings, over a year ago, we did not have much of the information we now do. All these issues will now have to be addressed at the October 1st Public Hearing.
Sunrise claims no court referrals and that their $1,700 a day clients all are on a voluntary basis. Which also means that they can leave anytime they want which is a major safety concern especially since there are 10 school bus stops in the area including one right on their corner!
We want to empahsize that we are not against detox facilities per se, and unfortunately there is a need for them, we only strongly oppose the choice of location."
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