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Eagle Mountain residential rehab center scheduled to open in May

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It’s not a quiet neighborhood, on most days kids are out playing on the streets, but residents say it is a close-knit community and that’s why they came together to voice their concern about a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center from moving in next door.
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It’s not a quiet neighborhood, on most days kids are out playing on the streets, but residents say it is a close-knit community and that’s why they came together to voice their concern about a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center from moving in next door.

Neighbor Lisa Huston said, “There’s mixed feelings, frustrated he thinks this is a good location.”

Last week the Eagle Mountain Planning and Zoning Commission okayed Arcadia Recovery Center’s plans to open a residential rehabilitation center at a home at 4682 Foxwood Drive.

Huston and her family live right next door to the proposed site. They were against Arcadia’s plans, but now after some concessions were made, Lisa says they’re feeling a little better.

“The one we were really relieved about was they limited the number of people that can be there,” explained Huston. “He wanted 8 residents, they said ‘that’s too many, limit it to five.’”

Arcadia says it understands residents concerns and also wants to do what’s best for the community.

The company’s CEO Dustin Long said, “We understand it’s a volatile issue and we also understand it’s our job to do our due diligence to make sure everyone in the community feels safe.”

One way they’re doing to do that is to put up security cameras on the property, but that’s really just a precaution because the five men who will be staying there won’t be allowed outside without supervision. Arcadia also points out their residents don’t have violent pasts.

“The clients we have in our facility are not convicted or have been charged with a sexual offense,” said Long. “They don’t have any dangerous or violent crimes with a weapon.”

While that doesn’t exactly make the neighbors feel safer, Huston says she does feel better knowing the facility will have to meet some strict requirements to remain open.

Huston said, “I believe it’s four violations and then they shut it down. So either he really will do a great job and keep things running smooth or with only four violations it will get shut down.”

Some of the neighbors are considering appealing the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision to the Eagle Mountain City Council. If the appeals process does not begin, Arcadia hopes to have the facility open my May 1st.
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