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Public Gets Another Chance to Speak Out About Detox Center Proposal During Zoning Board Hearing Tonight

Members of the public will be given another opporunity to speak as the Lawrence Township Zoning Board tonight (May 25) holds another hearing on a controversial plan to open a 38-bed in-patient drug and alcohol detoxification center on Federal City Road.

Members of the public will be given another opportunity to speak about Sunrise Detox’s controversial plan to open a 38-bed in-patient drug and alcohol detoxification center on Federal City Road when the Lawrence Township Zoning Board holds its eighth hearing on the proposal tonight (Wednesday, May 25).

The hearing will be held in the council chambers at the township municipal building at 2207 Lawrence Rd. beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Click here to download a copy of the zoning board agenda.)

The 17,209-square-foot building that Sunrise hopes to use sits at the entrance to the Traditions at Federal Point adult community and directly behind the homes in another development that includes Frederick Court and Karena Lane. 

A land-use variance must be issued by the zoning board before property owner John Simone can legally lease the building to Sunrise for use as a short-term medical center.

Previous hearings featuring testimony from Sunrise representatives and experts testifying on behalf of the Florida-based company have drawn strong and vocal criticism from residents who believe that such a facility should not be located so close to residential neighborhoods.

For Previous Coverage:

May 13:

May 11:

April 27: Debate Over Proposed Detox Center Resumes Tonight

March 19:

Feb. 9:

Jan. 24:

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