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Neighborhood protests proposed Transitional Home at North Shore Rd. business Friday

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Last Friday morning, approx. 40 Oak Island area residents attended a protest of a proposed construction 24-bed facility to help individuals transitioning from treatment to training at 84 Arcadia St. that would offer those who are transitioning from substance abuse treatment to a facility offering life-changing training through a programed re-entry back into society. Protesters gathered in front of European Collision Works, the owners of the proposed facility, on North Shore Road, to voice their opposition to the project. Since its introduction a few weeks ago, the proposal has been met with resistance from the neighbors and city council. Protesters have made claims that the proposed facility would be the equivalent to a homeless shelter or sober house consisting of unstable and possible criminal element that would be a negative impact to the neighborhood citing various public safety issues.

Attorney for the developers, Gerry D’Ambrosio has stated that the individuals have been misinformed about the proposed facility’s function and clientele, stating that residents would be vetted for criminal records, would not offer treatment for drugs and alcohol, and all clients will have already completed sobriety treatments.

The local attorney also cited that the project falls under the Dover Amendment, which exempts educational, religious, and agricultural businesses from certain zoning restrictions, which cannot be voted on by the city council.

Protest organizer, Anthony Parziale (left) discusses the protest with Frank Mahoney-Burroughs.
Jack Satter House resident Pat Melchionno proposes a new location.
Eleanor McCarthy and Joanne Gaff Monteforte hold signs on North Shore Rd. Friday.
Stephen Fiore and his wife, Annmarie with their children were at European Collision Works to show their opposition to the construction of the facility on Arcadia Street.
Arcadia St. resident Marina Lanza addresses the protesters on Friday morning.
Oak Island residents are shown protesting on North Shore Rd. on Friday.

Ward 3 Councillor Anthony Cogliandro stands with Ward 5 residents last Friday morning on North Shore Road.

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