Westerville letter: Treatment center needs alternative location
To the Editor:
It was announced at the Westerville City Council meeting that a detox and substance-abuse treatment center has been approved to operate in the south end of the city.
The location is residential, next door to a day care center and within walking distance of a park and an elementary school. With no security measures in place, the residents are free to come and go anytime. The approval came with restrictions; the conditional-use permit can be revoked if police are asked to respond 12 times in a year or if the facility creates conditions that endanger neighborhood safety.
These restrictions are reactive, with their action taking place possibly after harm has been inflicted. I understand that these facilities provide a valuable service and are necessary, but surely, a more suitable space can be found.
I believe this decision should be overturned by council.