Drug addict recovery group’s plan for church irks Miamisburg residents

Residents in a Miamisburg neighborhood are in opposition to drug addiction recovery center opening at vacant church on North Fourth Street. NICK BLIZZARD

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Residents in a Miamisburg neighborhood are in opposition to drug addiction recovery center opening at vacant church on North Fourth Street. NICK BLIZZARD

The pending sale of a Miamisburg church to a group helping recovering drug addicts has nearby residents worried the move will hurt the neighborhood.

But the recovery group – Teen Challenge – said those fears are unfounded as it seeks to aid drug addicts amid record-setting opioid overdoses by using the Branch of the Vine Church at 201 N. Fourth St.

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Miamisburg officials said their hands are tied on the issue as long as Teen Challenge complies with zoning guidelines.

“Since the city cannot stop this from happening, it’s my hope the city doesn’t ever turn into an overnight or a short-term stay,” 35-year Miamisburg resident Rick Turpin told Miamisburg City Council on Tuesday night.

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“I think the property values and the overall safety is at stake,” he added.

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