Tran­si­tion house’s crit­ics far out­num­ber sup­port­ers

Op­po­nents of com­plex for men try­ing to beat ad­dic­tions say it’s wrong for Rut­land

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By RON SEY­MOUR

Many of the peo­ple who sup­port a con­tro­ver­sial res­i­dence for re­cov­er­ing al­co­holics and drug ad­dicts don’t live any­where near the pro­posed Rut­land lo­ca­tion.

But hundreds of peo­ple who live close to the site have signed pe­ti­tions against the project or writ­ten let­ters of ob­jec­tion, ac­cord­ing to cor­re­spon­dence re­ceived by the city clerk’s of­fice.

More than 110 pages of doc­u­ments from the pub­lic were on file with the clerk’s of­fice as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

A pub­lic hear­ing on the re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for the prop­erty, at the cor­ner of McCurdy Road and Rut­land Road, prom­ises to be a lengthy af­fair when it’s held Tues­day evening at City Hall.

Free­dom’s Door, a faith-based or­ga­niza- tion, hopes to win coun­cil ap­proval for a four-storey, 51-suite project to be oc­cu­pied by men try­ing to over­come ad­dic­tions.

The project’s many crit­ics say it’s an in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment for a neigh- bour­hood they de­scribe as fam­ily-ori­ented, pri­mar­ily made up of sin­gle-fam­ily homes, and filled with parks and schools.

A com­mon theme among crit­ics is their be­lief that Rut­land has an in­or­di­nate num­ber of pro­grams and fa­cil­i­ties de­signed to serve low-in­come res­i­dents or peo­ple from dis­ad­van­taged so­cial groups.

“Kelowna is very quick to ‘give’ Rut­land what no other area wants,” says Lynn Stevens, who iden­ti­fies her­self as a long­time Rut­land res­i­dent.

“I feel Rut­land has a bad-enough rep­u­ta­tion in the Okana­gan Val­ley, and this project should be built on Dil­worth Moun­tain or in the Up­per Mis­sion, Ket­tle Val­ley,” Steve Hor­ton writes in his let­ter of ob­jec­tion.

As of Thurs­day, the city clerk’s of­fice had re­ceived 21 in­di­vid­ual let­ters of sup­port for the Free­dom’s Door project. Based on the ad­dresses given by the let­ter writ­ers, only three of them live within Rut­land.

Six­teen form let­ters had also been re­ceived from peo­ple who iden­ti­fied them­selves as “a res­i­dent of Rut­land.” How­ever, nine of the ad­dresses were ac­tu­ally from ar­eas not within Rut­land.

GARY NY­LAN­DER/ The Daily Courier

A sign against a res­i­dence for re­cov­er­ing al­co­holics and drug ad­dicts is dis­played on a fence at the cor­ner of Al­don and Felix roads in Rut­land, near the site of the pro­posed com­plex.

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