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Addiction Treatment Center Voted Against by Planning Commission
Due to various reasons, the planning commission voted against a special land use permit to build an addiction treatment center at this time.
Representatives of the nonprofit organization Michigan House of Hope wished to build a faith-based recovery center.
Ken Brown, who sits on the planning commission, stated that "I didn't see a good enough presentation at that meeting to where I would want to go forward just yet on it. I do hope they can get this up and going. To say that we're against it wouldn't be accurate. It's just [because of] the way it was presented and the location it was presented, the board voted against it."
Site plans for the addiction treatment center were also not presented at the meeting.
Some people in attendance were concerned about public safety. The year before there had been a drug-related shooting in the area.
"People are on edge to that kind of stuff right now in this community," Brown said. "We don't want to jeopardize their safety."
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's treatment locator currently lists the Sanilac County Health Department as the sole county resource for addiction treatment.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported that there were more than 1,700 statewide opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016.
Brown hopes the nonprofit reapplies for a special land use permit at a different location.
"The people all think that what they're doing is good," he clarified. "Given the right location and everything, I'd like to see them someday move forward with this."