LORAIN – Plans for a residential drug rehabilitation center in Lorain County are now on hold.
Edward P. Barrett is working with three others, who are all active in recovery, to purchase a building to house the treatment facility.
They want to use the vacant Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Elyria Avenue in Lorain because part of it is already set up for residential use, but current zoning code won't allow the plan.
"It's an intensive program. You can't just detox somebody off of heroin and expect them to stay sober," says Barrett.
Lorain's safety service director tells Channel 3 News, the Zoning Board of Appeals denied the conditional use permit for a "multitude of reasons." One of those reasons is that it's too close to home for at-risk youth.
Zoning code states "no residential social service facility shall be located within 1,200 feet of another such facility."
"It's going to happen. It's definitely going to happen somewhere. Hopefully at this facility because it's perfect," says Barrett. "We're not going to give up that's one thing that we've decided is that we're not going to give up."
The safety-service director says they are working to find a more suitable location for the treatment center.