Wieland said the value loss jumps to 17 percent if methadone is part of the treatment. It’s a little hazy but there have been some statements that type of treatment program is not in the plans for the Professional Psychiatric Services facility.
After placing a nine-month moratorium on drug rehab centers, the trustees approved a first reading of a resolution that puts restrictions on such facilities.
The resolution creates a new “use” category called institutional care facilities and permits them with conditions determined by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), but only in commercial and manufacturing districts. One of the things the BZA must consider is “whether the essential character of the neighborhood would be substantially altered or whether adjoining properties would suffer a substantial detriment as a result of the variance.”
Gene Drozd, treasurer of the Pisgah Youth Organization, whose ball fields sit directly across from the proposed medical facility, said he now has almost 1,000 signatures on petitions they have been circulating. He once again reiterated the position of PYO and other neighbors.
“We again are in a position where a bunch of folks are totally against the location. We understand the need of the community, we understand the doctor probably does very good work, but we are just totally opposed to that location,” Drozd said.
Trustee Board President Mark Welch said he doesn't know at this point whether Aziz will eventually be allowed to move into the building.
“After the moratorium is lifted at the end of the year, then Dr. Aziz will be able to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals, because his would be a conditional use and the BZA would determine whether or not he would be permitted to open a facility there,” Welch said.
Aziz told the Journal-News earlier this week a lawsuit might be his only option.
“We need to be fully understanding the proposal and how is that going to leave us,” he said. “In every dispute for every party that’s just a losing option for every person to entertain, if it becomes perhaps the only option.”