Meeting held on proposed sober living facility in Yorktown

The facility would house 8 to 14 recovering drug and alcohol addicts. (2/24/14)

YORKTOWN - Yorktown residents packed Town Hall Monday night to protest against a proposed sober living facility in their neighborhood. 

The Compass Westchester facility would run in a private home at 482 Underhill Ave. and house eight to 14 recovering drug and alcohol addicts at a time. 

Many residents at the meeting expressed safety concerns. One resident is also concerned that because the company is private, it would not be regulated by any government agency. 

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The owners of the proposed facility say they will stop at nothing to get the special permit they need to transform the 8,000-square-foot home into a sober house. 

Compass tells News 12 that statistics suggest individuals in a structured environment that allows them to stay sober and clean have a better chance to have long term success. 

The facility would not be a rehab where addicts would receive any kind of medical treatment. All residents would be pre-screened by a psychologist.

Compass claims they will be the best neighbors on the block. 

"This is a home that's not going to have wild parties," says Tom McCrossan. "It's not a home that's going to have alcohol or drugs. It's going to be a home where people are quiet and convalescent."

The proposed purchase goes before a public hearing on March 4.

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