Coeur d'Alene rehab center appeals denied zoning permit

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 2:57 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The Coeur d'Alene City Council will decide the fate of a local halfway house. The Port of Hope Center was denied a zoning permit earlier in 2013, but appealed the decision on Tuesday. The permit denial threatened to close part of the facility. 20 employees are awaiting the decision of the City Council to see if they will still have jobs.

The East Coeur d'Alene facility is a re-entry center for former prisoners and serves as a rehab facility. It was discovered that Port of Hope was in violation of city code because it treats sex offenders and is barely 300 feet from Fernan Elementary.

Port of Hope has appealed the decision, but if the appeal fails then, 20 people could lose their jobs and some Port of Hope residents would be let out early.

The facility has since stopped treating sex offenders and the Coeur d'Alene School District has agreed to drop its opposition to the appeal so long as the facility moves to a different location within two years.

The decision was expected to come down on Tuesday. Check back with KREM.com when we find out what they decide to do.

 

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