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Public Hearing On Proposed Detox Center In White Plains Delayed

Ira Wunder of Waller Avenue in White Plains voiced concerns regarding the proposed special permit and site plan for a detoxification center at 37 DeKalb Ave. at the Aug. 6 meeting of the White Plains Common Council.
Ira Wunder of Waller Avenue in White Plains voiced concerns regarding the proposed special permit and site plan for a detoxification center at 37 DeKalb Ave. at the Aug. 6 meeting of the White Plains Common Council. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The White Plains Common Council is expected to adjourn a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed Sunrise Detox Center at 37 DeKalb Ave. until its Oct. 1 meeting, said Karen Pasquale of the mayor's office.

A request for the adjournment was made by the applicant, she said.

Sunrise Detox has two other locations in New Jersey and Florida, and submitted an application to the city for a special permit and site plan approval to operate a short-term, medically supervised detoxification treatment facility with up to 33 inpatient beds.

In its application, Sunrise White Plains, as it would be called, said clients would be admitted on a voluntary basis only, and the facility won't "serve as a receiving facility for court-mandated clients nor any other non-voluntary clients."

Carhart residents have been vocal in their opposition to the proposal, citing safety concerns. Ken Kristal, a spokesperson for the neighborhood association, has said there are 10 elementary school bus stops, including one on the same corner as the proposed facility.

"At the end of the day, it's about our kids and their safety," said John Hegarty, whose Carhart Avenue home would be across from the facility.

Clients would be treated for an average of six  days, according to the application, which emphasizes the detox center's similarity in terms of zoning to the Nathan Miller Nursing Home, which had been housed at 37 DeKalb Ave. since 1962.

In a separate matter, the council is expected to open a public hearing Tuesday night on the environmental impact of allowing retail and residential redevelopment of struggling office parks along the southern side of Mamaroneck Avenue and the western side of Westchester Avenue.

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