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Red Hook residents recoil from plans for pricey rehab center

December 20, 2013 03:00PM

Urban Recovery House, a for-profit drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation center, plans to open a 20,000-square-foot inpatient treatment facility on Beard Street in Red Hook, and local residents aren’t happy.

The area once had major issues with drugs, residents say, and they are uneasy about the effect the pricey 25- to 30-bed treatment center might have on the neighborhood.

“We went through many years of seeing drug addicts on the street and we had a fight going on to clean this neighborhood up,” Judy Reis, who grew up in Red Hook and works at Public School 15, said at a Community Board 6 meeting Wednesday. Of concern, she and other critics said, was the impact patients leaving the facility and going into the neighborhood might have on the area.

The planned four-story center would be the Brooklyn-based company’s first venture, modeled on a plan that could cost patients tens of thousands of dollars, the New York Daily News reported.

The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services must provide Urban Recovery House with a license, and the company’s founders said they would delay their application until April in response to demands for more community outreach.

Red Hook, they said in Wednesday’s meeting, is the perfect place for the “holistic” rehab, which would offer individual and group counseling, 12-step meetings, therapy, acupuncture and yoga. [NYDN]Julie Strickland

  • lodrie

    THe company says their clients will be upscale, wealthy professionals like those who go to Betty Ford Clinic. So why isn’t this clinic being built in Brooklyn Heights then? Why should it be in Red Hook when the clientele isn’t in Red Hook? First we had an elite private profit school trying to come in for cheap rent & giving nothing to the community that couldn’tafford to even use the school. Now this drug center for the rich trying to open here so they don’t dirty up their own neighborhood. We are so sick of the rich taking advantage of our neighborhoods, trying to take whatever benefit they can from it & then dumping their undesireds on the rest of us

  • gbkm

    Did the company say WHY Red Hook is supposedly ” the perfect place” for a fancy drug rehab center for the rich & privileged who certainly won’t be coming from Red Hook? Seems to me this kind of thing should be placed in the kind of upscale neighborhoods that those people are coming from. Anything being built in a ravaged community like Red Hook should be for the benefit of that community – not for the benefit of rich outsiders & the for-profit owner/operators.