Plan to help addicts at church may draw legal action, hurt business

Residents in a Miamisburg neighborhood are in opposition to an outreach center to help recovering drug addicts opening at vacant church on North Fourth Street. STAFF PHOTO

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Residents in a Miamisburg neighborhood are in opposition to an outreach center to help recovering drug addicts opening at vacant church on North Fourth Street. STAFF PHOTO

A plan to open a center that would help recovering addicts at a vacant church in a Miamisburg residential neighborhood may draw legal action and drive away business.

An attorney who lives in the neighborhood of the Branch of the Vine Church at 201 N. Fourth St. said the city’s stance to allow His Hope Teen Challenge’s plan for the site has him “exploring possible litigation.”

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The city “is taking a broad interpretation about the word church and public worship,” attorney David Chicarelli said.

Meanwhile, downtown bakery owner Joe Kelly, also a nearby resident, said he is “weighing my options” about keeping his business in the city.

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