Dayton’s South Park doesn’t want treatment center as neighbor

South Park residents overwhelmingly voted in opposition to a good neighbor agreement with a proposed substance abuse rehab center. It’s unclear whether the project will move forward. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

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South Park residents overwhelmingly voted in opposition to a good neighbor agreement with a proposed substance abuse rehab center. It’s unclear whether the project will move forward. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Residents rejected a potential “good neighbor agreement” between the South Park community and a company that wants to open a men’s substance abuse rehab center in the 800 block of Wayne Avenue.

South Park residents voted 46-15 against the agreement with Square One Health, which wants to start an in-patient treatment center in a buidling that once housed Daybreak operations.

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The good neighbor agreement would have required the business to meet some safety conditions and impose restrictions on its clients.

South Park residents said they opposed this agreement because a rehab center is not the best use of the building in a neighborhood seeing revitalization.

That includes nearby investments in a new brewery, Branch & Bone Artisan, 905 Wayne Ave., and a planned coffee shop, Wholly Grounds, 825 Wayne Ave., in one of the former Daybreak buildings.

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Square One Health has proposed to open an in-patient treatment center that houses 12 to 16 adult men dealing with substance abuse issues, said Patrick Tuffey, who would be one of the owners and operators of the center.

The facility is perfectly designed for a small treatment center that would meet nationally recognized accreditation standards, Tuffey said.

The city of Dayton has used good neighbor agreements with bars, leveraging a threat of formally opposing their liquor license if they fail to comply.

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