Downtown commercial real estate owner Faye Richardson opposes the permit but wants the community to work to find a more suitable location for the center.
With people also watching a video feed in the nearby Warren Green Building, Warrenton officials ensured the audience wouldn’t overwhelm Town Hall as it did for the planning commission hearing in November.
Supporting the permit, Rev. Justin Macintosh of Leeds Episcopal Church near Hume suggests that love must trump zoning.
I think the town council did a great job with a tough decision. They separated emotion and decided the application on its merits.
— Jim Lawrence, businessman
• Topic: Special permit application for 14-bed substance abuse recovery center at 30 John Marshall St., Warrenton
• When: 7:17 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.
• Agency: Warrenton Town Council.
• Action: Council unanimously denied the application.
• Length: Almost 90 minutes.
• Speakers: 30, with 20 supporting, and nine opposing the application; one speaker appeared to express no opinion.
• Where: Town Hall, 18 Court St.
• Applicant: McShin Foundation, Richmond.
• Landowner: Mill Pond Investments LLC (Matt Iten, owner).
• Zoning: Central Business District.
• Center manager: Chris Connell
• Details: By-right town zoning allows counseling at McShin’s 30 John Marshall St. building; the foundation and other groups have been providing services there since early September; proposed 28-day, overnight recovery program requires special permit use approval by town council; 14-bed substance abuse recovery center, would serve eight males and six females; two “house managers” — one to supervise women, the other men.
• Sept. 21, 2017: McShin Foundation submitted to town staff special permit application to establish 14-bed addiction recovery center at 30 John Marshall St. in downtown Warrenton.
• Oct. 6: Town staff deems application complete.
• Nov. 21: After more than two-hour public hearing, planning commission voted, 4-0, to recommend approval of proposal; commission serves an advisory panel to town council, which has final authority.
• Jan. 4, 2018: Council conducts 45-minute work session on proposal.
• Jan. 9: After almost 90-minute public hearing, council voted, 7-0, to deny special permit.
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