Itasca Haymarket Heart rehab facility assembly in Roselle attracts lots of – WLS-TV
ITASCA, Illinois (WLS) – Hundreds of Itasca residents held a meeting in Roselle on Wednesday evening about the plan to open an addiction treatment facility in the village.
The proposed Haymarket Center would turn a Holiday Inn hotel off I-290 into a 240-bed drug and alcohol treatment center, but the company faces a tough battle, as Itasca residents say: Not in my back yard.
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A series of hundreds armed and submitted in T-shirts for their small town pride.
"Although We are very sympathetic to people who are struggling with drug addiction. Itasca is simply too small to bear the financial burden," said Jessica Shannon.
A good portion of Itasca's 8,700 residents are deeply skeptical or flat. "The city is not large enough to support this facility," said Itasca Citizen James Diestel. "We are the fourth smallest city in all of DuPage. And this is one of the largest drug treatment centers."
small and just don't think we can really support it, "said resident Peter Nasios.
The opposition to the center focused mainly on two issues: a substantial loss of property tax revenue for the village and a perceived burden on ambulance services in an ambulance community that relies on other suburbs to share resources.
However, the center fills a much needed gap for people suffering from opioid addiction.
"There are very few programs that use someone regardless of their ability to pay," said Dr. Dan Lustig, President and CEO of Haymarket Centers.
"We want you to know this are good people. They're not bad people, they just need help, "said Brittany Sosa thro ugh tears." You need someone who loves you, and Haymarket does just that. "
Funny hoped the fears at the meeting continued to be able to dispel them by promising to receive government grants to cover lost earnings and to use a private ambulance for the vast majority of their needs.
"If a person's condition is so serious that the timing everything is, then we could [use the village ambulance]. Yes, "he said." But in our analysis, we might be talking about 40 calls a year that we would make in the village. "
There is a great need for a drug and alcohol treatment center in DuPage County. According to Haymarket, over 54,000 people there did not receive the treatment services they needed there in 2018. The stigma associated with addiction is partly to blame.
The people of Itasca said they did not doubt the need, but it was a struggle with deeply personal beliefs.
"There are probably better areas for DuPage," said Nasios. "It's a necessary thing, but as I said, it's just some kind of wrong place."
" If you can't support the people in your community, you shouldn't be at the top because the communities should do. Take charge of each other and be a community, "said Katie Proebs tle, Haymarket's follower and recovery addict.
Jeff Pruyn, Mayor of Itasca, said he did not yet refer to whether the center should be built there or not.
"The state cannot guarantee us this money in the long run, so it is something we really cannot use when we make a decision based on a government grant," said Pruyn. "I have to say neutral. As soon as all the facts have been gathered, I can decide which way I want to go."
There will be several more planning commission meetings on the proposed facility according to which the plan will be drawn up. The commission will vote to recommend or not recommend the plan to the entire city council. If they do not vote for a recommendation, Haymarket can still go directly to the city council for approval.
A vote on the approval of the center is not expected until early 2020.
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