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Green Meadow Community says its in outrage for possible drug rehab center in its neighborhood

People who live in the Green Meadows Community area says they are outraged the Hale foundation wants to a put a drug rehab facility near their neighborhood.

"The bottom line is we're going to fight this until the end and we're not going to give up," says Tracie Roe, a homeowner.

It's a fight the Green Meadows Community has been dealing with for years, this time a drug rehab facility from the Hale Foundation. Almost all the seats were filled on Wednesday as both sides listened to the other.

"This is just a fraction of the people because our people in that neighborhood are retired," says Roe.

Residents tell FOX 54 they are worried about crime becoming an issue if this facility goes forward. The president of the Hale Foundation addressed that concern. 

"That's not necessarily true. There's statistical data to prove that drug treatment centers, medical treatment centers do not pose any problems of crime and drugs in communities," says Cliff Richards.

Some homeowners even say patients coming in and out of the neighborhood will bring down their property value.

"We're looking at alternatives to get a different driveway access which would eliminate us from coming in the neighborhood," says Richards.

The property was donated to the Hale foundation for this purpose. It is slated to be a 24-hour facility with 2 security guards and 20 workers aiding potentially 30 patients. 

The next step is the Hale Foundation submitting the paperwork to Planning and Zoning and then it will make a vote. 
Commissioner Ben Hasan says no official paperwork has been submitted from the foundation yet.

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