Drug rehab group planned for $3M Deerfield Beach mansion irks neighbors

April 12, 2012 04:30PM

Josh Crunk of Premier Real Estate and the TLC Recovery rehab center

Deerfield Beach residents are worried that a planned drug and alchohol addiction rehab facility in a $3 million mansion will further punish hard-hit real estate prices in their tony community, Fox News reported. TLC Recovery is planning to open what it calls “the most elite private addiction recovery home available” in a 7,000-square-foot mansion in the Cove section of Deerfield Beach.

But neighbors and city officials claim they were misled by the operators, who allegedly told them they were leasing it out to a family. Now that the true fate of the center has been revealed, neighbors aren’t happy.

“Rehabs are definitely not good for a neighborhood,” said Josh Crunk said, an agent at Premier Real Estate. “Most homeowners feel that an addict can’t get away from bad behavior and they wind up breaking into homes and cars in the neighborhood.”

But Fox News said there isn’t much the homeowners can do, as not treatment will be administered on the property and the Fair Housing Act protects addicts’ right to housing. [Fox News]