The property sits across from the Pisgah Youth Organization ball fields, next to the daycare center and in front of a residential neighborhood.
When the township trustees learned of Aziz’s plans, they placed a moratorium on facilities like that so they could study the impact on the community.
Aziz eventually sued the township in federal court over its efforts to block his business, and the two sides ended up settling in December. The consent decree, signed in January, contains conditions with safety implications that involve the clientele of the business, their access to the building, and security measures. Patients have to go voluntarily — no court ordered treatment — and there have to be secured in-patient wings, for example.
Aaron Wiegand, director of West Chester’s Community Development Department, said the permitting process with the township went smoothly.
“They got their permits with us relatively quickly after the consent decree, without much issue at all,” Wiegand said. “Quite frankly the consent decree spelled out everything everyone had to do, so there was not a big hubbub with us.”