South Bay neighbors try to halt sober-living center

Posted at 11:29 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 02:29:52-05

NESTOR, Calif. (KGTV) -- Some South Bay neighbors oppose the city of San Diego’s plans to build a sober-living drug treatment facility at the site of a Super 8 Motel in Nestor on Palm Avenue just west of the I-5.

The Otay Mesa-Nestor Community Planning Group voted 9-2 Wednesday evening to not recommend the San Diego City Council approve the San Diego Misdemeanants At-Risk Track (SMART) program treatment center at the Super 8 Motel site.  

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Residents at the meeting said they oppose the facility, mostly because it may interfere with plans to revitalize the area in the future.

They believe a drug treatment facility will turn investors away.

According to the city, there will be counselors on-site, 24-hour security, and strict rules.

According to the City Attorney’s website, “SMART prioritizes chronic misdemeanor offenders with acute drug addictions and complex social service needs. These offenders have one or more drug offenses since Proposition 47 took effect in 2014, and have been arrested at least twice in the past six months for a quality-of-life offense.”