PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Crossroads Inc., an administrative rehabilitation center, has been operating in the Phoenix Loma Linda area for two years. On Thursday, the Adjustment Council approved the building to become a drug rehab center with the addition of 16 inpatient beds, which left some neighbors blind.
Violet Rivera has lived in Loma Linda for 20 years, but says over the past two years things have gone downhill. Rivera says people under the influence of drugs and alcohol walk to Crossroads while children walk to school.
âAs a mother who lives three houses away from the school, I cannot even let my children walk to school by themselves, even with the cross guard, because I no longer know who will cross. their way, âRivera said.
Recovering drug addict Pete Gottsfield says he’s happy people are getting help, but doesn’t think it should be in a neighborhood. âI leave at four in the morning to come to work and people come in late at night to sleep in the parking lot,â says Gottsfield.
On the contrary, the president of the Loma Linda neighborhood association says Crossroads has been a good neighbor over the past year. There were only two complaints about the rehabilitation center, and the president did not hear any complaints from the school.
Alan Stephenson, director of planning and development for Phoenix, said the 16 drug rehab beds were approved by the board with a 5-1 vote. However, the permit can be revoked within a year if Crossroads turns out not to be suitable for the neighborhood.
Crossroads officials say they will be open 24/7 so no one has to sleep in the parking lot, and that there will be a security guard on the property at all times.
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