The Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals voted Tuesday night to continue the hearing for an exemption request for a proposed drug detox facility in Greencastle.
The Indiana Center for Recovery requested the exemption, which would allow the privately-owned group to convert a former assisted living facility in Greencastle into an in-patient detox facility.
The board says the proposed center doesn’t fall under the property’s current zoning definition, and must request approval to be labeled as an institutional facility for the mentally disabled.
The Indiana Center for Recovery held a public meeting last week to address questions from the public about the facility.
Residents voiced their concerns during Tuesday’s meeting, including the possible impact on property values and the security of children at a nearby intermediate school.
Others expressed their support for the treatment facility. Margot Payne is a Greencastle resident who says the town lacks drug treatment resources.
“We’re looking at a medical facility that is going to be proving much needed medical treatment for people in this community who currently have to go elsewhere,” Payne says.
Representatives from the ICR say the group plans to install an eight-foot fence surrounding the property and a security gate at the entrance. They also plan to make sure all developmental standards and updates are made to the building during the renovation process.
The Board of Zoning Appeals will vote on the request at a public meeting on Aug. 14.