Town of Woodfin: Reject a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center at 30 Ben Lippen School Road

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I am writing to express my opposition to Reese Lashers’s proposed lease of the former Hanger Hall School for Girls into a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center at 30 Ben Lippen School Road. I request you protect the future of our neighborhood by stepping up your opposition to this Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. The time to act is now.
There are several reasons to oppose this Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center:
1. This Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, located adjacent to Crest Mountain homeowners and future homeowners, Cirrus Condominium owners and Village homeowners will negatively impact the long term viability of this residential neighborhood.
a.) I believe that the public association of drug/alcohol addiction with violence and crime will negatively influence the decision of existing families to consider moving out of the neighborhood and influence potential new homeowners to spend their money on a home elsewhere.
b.) I believe locating the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center next to a residential neighborhood will deter residents from walking the neighborhood with a peace of mind; it will increase the risks to their safety.
2. It will bring in a large number of addicts annually and the traffic associated with visitors/vendors.
3. Once the facility is approved, it will not go away. It will only attract more drug and alcohol related activities.
4. A residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center will threaten my perceived safety, morals and general welfare. It will irreversibly impact the character of my community. It will adversely affect our property values and decrease tax revenues to the Town.

Many of my neighbors lament society’s anguish and cost caused by illegal drug and excessive alcohol usage; they support treatment facilities and programs. What I don’t support is the location of this proposed treatment facility next to a safe, peaceful and stable residential neighborhood. To the extent you have opposed this proposed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, thank you; please step up your efforts now. Be sure to attend the Town Hall Meeting this Monday night, September 14th, 2015 at Woodfin Town Hall located at 90 Elk Mountain Road, Woodfin, NC 28804 at 6:30 pm.

To others, I ask that you oppose this Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center now.

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