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Local residents upset with new location of rehab center

TEMPLE – Homeowners in Temple are outraged with the new plans for a local rehab center.

The Cen-Tex Alcoholic Rehab Center, like other businesses along I-35, is forced to relocate due to the highway expansion project.

The center, located at 2500 S. General Bruce Drive, has been helping people get back on their feet for more than 30 years.

Recently, the program was able to get permits from the city of Temple and secure 3.25 acres of land along the 2400 block of E. Adams Avenue.

It just so happens that the site of the new facility will be 1526 feet from Hector P. Garcia Elementary School.

"I am glad we are getting a new facility, I am in favor of treatment programs. I have worked for many years in psychiatry and worked with drug and alcohol abuse. My opposition is the location of the property so close from an elementary school," Dr. Sue Hamby said.

Hamby is with Citizens for Progress and is one of the many people who are outraged by the rehabs new location.

"I have really concerns about that for the safety of the children and the teachers at the school," Dr. Hamby said.

Tuesday, more than a dozen concern residents showed up for the Citizens for Progress meeting in Temple.

The organization said it wanted to inform the public about the plans for the new location and get their feedback.

Wayne Vaughan lives across the street from the proposed site and said he is worried sick about the impact this will have in his community.

"I work on the railroad and I'm gone two days at a time and I'm not there, I can't watch ‘em, I am scared for my wife. I am concerned for the children living right next door to it," Vaughan said.

But not everyone at the meeting was against the plans. Jack Rieley has worked with the Cen-Tex center for more than a decade and said the people who are at the facility are just trying to better their lives.

"I never did meet a bad person there, now I'm not saying there's not bad people, but the more people we can sober up and get to living the life of sobriety the better we are off financially, socially, and every other way," Rieley said.

We tried to reach the head of the rehab center but he did not want to say much on the issue. He said the Department of Criminal Justice to give the final green light on the project but the center was not going to go where it wasn't wanted.

Construction crews have already begun moving dirt and clearing the land. The final approval to break ground is expected to come down within the next two weeks.

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