BEDFORD — Residents opposing a proposed drug and dependancy therapy heart on Industrial Park Drive had many questions on the ability, its operation, occupancy and safety throughout a rezoning listening to Tuesday at Metropolis Concourse.
Michael Coryea, who utilized for the rezoning to open the therapy heart, wasn’t on the assembly. With so many unanswered questions, the Bedford Plan Fee voted to disclaim the request, 6-1.
A number of individuals addressed the fee. Their issues ranged from security, the property’s proximity to a daycare and long-term care facility and a drop in property values.
Rebecca Knight offered a petition with 20 signatures, all objecting to the rezoning.
Knight stated she is aware of there’s a want for a therapy facility in Lawrence County, however stated Coryea’s location at 2620 Industrial Park Drive is adjoining to a residential space. She additionally had questions on safety and Coryea’s long-term plans for the ability.
Bruce Cummings stated he has lived within the Englewood space for 50 years.
“I do have compassion for these battling dependancy, nevertheless the Industrial Park location is just not acceptable,” he stated.
White River Lodge, a long-term care facility, and Grace Full Gospel Church baby care are close by. He additionally stated the world is frequented by individuals who run, stroll and bike.
“I do know my household would really feel much less protected,” he stated. “There are different choices obtainable which are zoned skilled.”
Ed Covey, who owns two houses on thirty fifth Avenue and 7 acres close by, stated the world is just not protected as it’s and he opposed the thought.
Dick Dunlap, who lives on Louden Lane, stated his son has two companies within the Industrial Park and has issues with thefts and undesirable individuals on his properties.
Norman Rollins stated he helps efforts to assist these with addictions equivalent to Rejoice Restoration, a program supplied by Free Methodist Church, however he stated Coryea’s proposed location is just not an acceptable place.
Becky Wright stated residents of the world have invested their livelihoods of their houses and wish to come and go peacefully.
Nobody in attendance spoke in favor of the rezoning request. Plan Director Brandon Woodward stated his workplace obtained enter from one resident who didn’t object to the rezoning.
Coryea had requested a rezoning of the property from basic industrial to professional-residential to permit for a therapy heart.
Coryea, who’s a psychiatric psychological well being nurse practitioner, attended the preliminary listening to in April and answered questions from fee members, who at the moment superior his rezoning request to a public listening to.
Coryea advised the panel he sees firsthand the expensive toll of drug dependancy in Indiana in his work with sufferers at Valle Vista Hospital in Greenwood and Cardinal Restoration in Franklin. In April he stated the facilities the place he works deal with individuals from Lawrence County on a regular basis and that’s what spurred him to wish to provide a facility nearer to dwelling.
Earlier than Tuesday’s vote to disclaim Coryea’s rezoning, fee member Steve Kimbley stated he didn’t really feel sufficient data was offered to vote for or towards since Coryea wasn’t there to answer the issues and was leaning towards making a movement to desk the vote as soon as different fee members had their say.
“My feeling is … I don’t like issues left up within the air,” stated fee member Craig Turpen. Mr. Coryea knew this was coming right this moment and if he’s not right here to reply questions, that’s his drawback. I feel we have to transfer on.”
Scott Moore agreed and stated in his time on the fee he’s all the time given weight to neighborhood enter.
Angel Hawkins stated she understands the significance of dwelling possession and residential values, however disagreed on feedback that there have been different locations within the metropolis to open a therapy facility.
She additionally stated in her neighborhood drug arrests are frequent.
“I feel the drug exercise might be extra detrimental than the ability itself,” she stated. “However I’m of the opinion that the movement must be rejected if he’s not right here.”
Following the dialogue, members voted 6-1 towards rezoning with Kimbley voting no.
In different enterprise
The fee permitted a rezoning request by town of Bedford to rezone a parcel on Industrial Park Drive the place the “Welcome to Bedford” derrick is positioned.
The parcel has been zoned industrial and town sought a change to skilled residential to permit for broader utilization.
Woodward stated town has no plans to make use of the parcel for something or promote it, however ought to that change, the rezoning would get rid of the choices for, say, a junkyard, which is allowed underneath industrial zoning.
Preliminary hearings had been held on two minor subdivision requests and one rezoning.
The fee moved to a public listening to a request by Deckard & Associates to subdivide loads at 2204 I St., into two heaps, and L&C Morris Properties’ request to divide 4 acres on John Williams Boulevard simply west of Lake’s Auto into three heaps.
Cammy Stiles’ request to rezone 429 F St. from B-1 comfort enterprise to R-3 medium density residential superior to a public listening to. Stiles stated she needs to position a modular dwelling on the property.