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Should Sober Living Facility Open In Uptown? Neighbors Can Vote Now

 Voting on the property at 928 W. Cullom Ave. closes at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Voting on the property at 928 W. Cullom Ave. closes at 5 p.m. Thursday.
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Courtesy of 928 Cullom LLC

UPTOWN — Some Buena Park residents will be able to decide the fate of a sober living facility eyeing a residence in the southeast corner of Uptown.

Officials representing Nova Recovery Center last week detailed their plans for the property at 928 W. Cullom Ave. at a meeting attended by about 75 residents of the 46th Ward.

"This is intended for people in recovery to remind them they're worthy," said Steve Patterson, an attorney for 928 Cullom, LLC.

Nova Recovery Center, which has four facilities in Texas, is asking for a Special Use Permit to open a 15-person sober living facility. The center is intended for doctors, lawyers and business persons "that have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of the stay without insurance," the for-profit said in a release.

"It's very clear this is an act of community. ... We don't want to come in the neighborhood and cause a problem and we don't think we will," said Patterson.

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) is deferring the vote to neighbors living within 250 feet of the property. The City of Chicago's Zoning Board of Appeals requires those applying for a zoning change to notify property owners within 250 feet of the property when they apply, the alderman said.

Those within 250 feet of the property can vote online here. Voting closes at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The property currently includes six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half-bathroom. The 4,000-square-foot property will need no new construction besides internal remodeling, according to a release from developers.

The facilities are intended to provide a safe place to sleep for those recovering and no residents will be permitted to loiter around the building. All residents will be required to seek and keep employment, according to the release.

Applicants are required to be sober for 30 days. Residency in the building is temporary and can last anywhere from a month to a year. Residents will be subject to strict visiting hours and curfews, the release said.


[Courtesy of 928 Cullom LLC]