Plan to open rehab center in Farmington met with resistance

Posted at: 10/17/2013 5:37 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An organization that helps women recover from substance abuse now wants to open a similar center to help men.

Masada House in Farmington hopes to open the men's center by next summer, but people living near the proposed facility fear it could be dangerous.

For the past two years Masada house has run this transitional housing facility for women who are recovering from substance abuse.

"I’ve seen the impact that it has on our community and I’ve seen people turn their lives around, said Karen Chenault, program director for Masada House."

Masada House leased a house, on Schofield Lane, from the city and wants to rezone the house so 12 people can live there, but neighbors aren't too thrilled with the idea.

"I totally support people getting their lives back on track but I don't want them doing it in my neighborhood because you don't know what's going to happen," said neighbor Donna Maness.

"My concerns aren't about opening the facility, it’s what it’s going to be opening up to," said Rhonda Frazier, who lives next door to the proposed facility.

Neighbors started a petition opposing the facility. They’re worried the men could be dangerous.

One concerns neighbors have is children's safety. There are a lot of kids who live in the neighborhood and some like to walk to the library after school.

"Being adult men is big concerns because I have daughters. I hold girls scout meeting. I have girl scouts going on at my house," said Frazier.

Masada house says the men who come here won't be accepted if they have a violent history. All of them will be screened before entering the program.   

"There is a population that's very risky but that's not the population we're serving," said Chenault.

The Farmington planning and zoning commission is holding a public meeting next Thursday, October 24 at 3 p.m. to discuss the re-zoning of the house.

Masada house is also having an open house this Saturday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. at their facility at 610 Dustin Ave. to show the community what they do there.