Some Neighbors Worry About Plans For Massena BuildingPosted: Updated:
The old Valhaven adult care home closed three years ago. Now come plans to revive it – but as a drug rehabilitation center with a Christian basis.
“What changes from the inside to the outside, is Jesus Christ. He changes our desires and if you don't desire something you're not going to do it,” said Brian Hardie, founder, Team MRD.
Hardie is calling his project Team MRD. Neighbors don't like having a derelict building in their neighborhood. But they're not sure about living next door to a drug rehab site.
“We're not against rehabilitation for drug use. We're all in favor of that. But we just don't think this is the right location for it,” said John McDougall, Valhaven building neighbor.
Many people have lived in neighboring homes for decades. Some already spoke out at a village board meeting. Mayor Timmy Currier said he's listening to both sides.
“Any facility or any area that can provide treatment in a professional and safe manner is welcomed. It's just a matter of whether or not the residents in that particular neighborhood will be receptive to it,” he said.
Team MRD has not submitted any planning documents to the village yet. But rehab is going on at the building now and Hardie said he plans to apply for village approval.
If it goes before the village planning board, there will have to be a public meeting. And if it goes before the zoning board, there will have to be a public hearing.
Hardie said he has a dozen years of experience running a rehab center in Alabama. He said he plans to hold meetings with neighbors.