Neighbors concerned over proposed drug recovery housing complex in Jeffersonville
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A 45-unit residential drug recovery center could be coming to a neighborhood in Jeffersonville, and some parents are concerned.
The proposed Mariposa Springs center, proposed by the construction management group BWI as well as LifeSpring, would be located on a vacant lot near the intersection of Viking Way and Ewing Lane.
The goal of the program is to offer support services, one-bedroom/one-bath housing and self-sufficiency to get people healthy enough to eventually live on their own again and start over, something not offered in the area.
“We are lacking that totally," said Barbara Anderson of the drug recovery advocacy group Clark County Cares. "We have absolutely not one facility like this in southern Indiana, so it’s time."
On Tuesday night, more than 40 neighbors gathered at Sacred Heart Church to listen to plans of what the development would offer and to address any safety concerns.
BWI representatives said safety is a main concern for not only program residents but also those living near the area. The property would have fencing, security, and each resident would be thoroughly pre-screened.
However, some people are concerned the location would be directly across the street from Bridgepoint Elementary School.
“I think there is a better location than in front of an elementary school. I really do," said John Jewell, who lives next to the property. I don’t agree with that. I don’t really think that is a good idea at all.”
As the addiction epidemic grows, those who work with the programs like Mariposa Springs say it’s needed now more than ever.
“If you are trying to recover from addition while you’re trying to find a place to live, while you’re trying to find a job, it’s just not going to happen,” Anderson said.
Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning will take a look at the issue at their next meeting Sept. 25.
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