Boardman residents speak out against proposed detox facility

A proposed detox facility was voted down during a Boardman Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Oct. 27, 2015.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a 3-2 vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals in Boardman against allowing a detox center along Boardman-Canfield Road. Neighbors said they support a rehab facility, just not in their neighborhood.

“Dealing with people who have problems like this is not an area to put in residential neighborhood,” said Richard Binko, who echoed the sentiments of many others in attendance at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Tuesday night.

Those residents let township leaders know they did not support a new detox facility on State Route 224. After hearing complaints from residents, the board decided to nix plans to open the center.

Board Chairman John Shultz was one of two board members who supported the detox facility.

“What it boils down to is, people acknowledge the problem but if it comes down to addiction, it’s fine as long as it’s done somewhere else and not in my backyard, and eventually, it’s going to end up in somebody’s backyard,” he said.

The facility is currently located at the former Sateri Assisted Living facility. If the detox center would have been approved, it would have had 16 beds, helping people with alcohol and drug addiction.

Kim Dipillo, of New Day Recovery, said the vote was disappointing.

“Drugs and alcohol are in our community now, they’re in our neighborhood,” she said. “If we don’t get them help, the crime rate will go up.”

Those trying to open the detox center can file an appeal and revisit the board with a modified plan.

Security concerns among neighbors were the biggest issues at Tuesday night’s meeting. Those who presented the plan say there would be adequate security in place if the facility were to open, however.

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