HIGH POINT, N.C. (WFMY)-- Monday night, High Point City Council unanimously passed a zoning request that will allow a substance use disorder treatment center to move into the John Wesley University campus.
The treatment facility, Caring Services, is currently located on Chesnut Drive in High point. The organization wants to move to the new location, which would be a bigger facility.
WFMY News 2's Hannah Brewer spoke with a number of nearby neighbors who are upset about city council's decision. Some expressed concern the facility will mean more crime and impact their property value.
Real Estate Broker for RE/MAX of Greensboro, Kelly Marks says there's no real statistics to prove that. He says any home that isn't taken care of could impact property value nearby.
"If you get a bad owner, bad landlord and a bad tenant, they can do just as much damage and hurt property value because it is so visual, you know, much more than some of these other homes that are being taken care of and that might be running by very strict standards," says Marks.
WFMY News 2's Hannah Brewer also spoke with High Point Mayor Jay Wagner about their decision. He says the staff from Caring Services showed that their operation is not a public safety threat.
He also stressed the importance of having a place for those dealing with substance abuse to get help. The council approved the zoning request on the condition that no registered sex offenders live in the facility