Frankford NAC votes ‘no’ on halfway house

A zoning application for a halfway house on Fillmore Street was met with opposition by Frankford residents.

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A proposal to set up at halfway house at 1625 Fillmore St. was unanimously opposed by the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee and neighbors during a community meeting Thursday.

Charles “Chuck” Miller, of Shall Never Thirst Ministries, is applying to establish a boarding house for men who are recovering from drug addiction. The house would also be open to homeless men and recently released prisoners.

Miller brought several graduates of his program to the meeting in an attempt to make his case for the halfway house, which would admit up to six residents at a time.

“We’re not here to affect anyone negatively,” Miller said. “We’re not here to harm anyone.”

However, Frankford residents, weary of recovery houses in the neighborhood, voted to oppose the application 6-0. Only neighbors who live within the two-block area of the property were allowed to vote on the proposal.

The NAC’s board also expressed opposition to the plan.

“Our neighborhood is inundated with these types of houses,” NAC Chairman Doug Bryant said.

Miller’s application is scheduled for a Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on March 6. ••