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Community Board 15 approves rehab center for Kings Highway and E. 17th Street

Board members: E. 17th Street better fit for rehab cener than McDonald Avenue

Brooklyn Daily

A drug rehab center shot down by Gravesend residents who didn’t approve of the facility’s clientele has found a new home 17 blocks away from its original location.

Members of Community Board 15 in Sheepshead Bay approved One World Counseling’s request to open up on Kings Highway near E. 17th Street on Nov. 27, even though another community panel shot down owner Dmitri Oster’s request to build a facility that will cater to probationers, parolees, and those sentenced to rehab as an alternative to prison near Kings Highway and McDonald Avenue.

Community Board 11, which represents residents of Gravesend, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach, said “no, no, no” to the rehab center last month, claiming that Oster misrepresented the population his facility would serve.

“We feel strongly that this is not a good fit for the area,” said CB11 District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia.

Yet Oster claimed he never met with CB11 members — just with CB15.

“Basically, we have no dealings with CB11 and that site on McDonald Avenue,” said Oster. “It was something we were exploring, but we have no dealings with CB11.”

CB 15 thought the commercial location on Kings Highway near E. 17th Street was a good fit for the counseling center. The area has plenty of public transportation and very few children that would come across addicts waiting for treatment, they said.

“He asked about Kings Highway and I told him its commercial,” said CB15 chairwoman Theresa Scavo. “It is less than one block from the train, the Kings Highway bus is right there, and patients will be able to reach it by mass transit without having to walk several blocks.”

Yet the board’s approval is only advisory: the city and the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse may turn Oster’s application down.

Oster acknowledged that he does accept referrals from city courts but said that the majority of his patients are referred to him through hospitals and community based organizations, especially Turkish-speaking groups.

“We have a lot of ties with the Turkish speaking community, which is growing in southern Brooklyn,” said Oster.

One World Counseling has already picked up a lease for the location near E. 17th Street, and expects to open up shop within the next three months, Oster said.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Alan from Gravesend says:
The original location on Kings Highway and McDonald Avenue was right below the F train and the buses on Kings Highway so mass transit is not an issue. And Scavio knows this. So that argument is false. Kings Highway is commercial from McDonald Avenue to Ocean Avenue and there are just as many families and children living nearby the new proposed location as there were on McDonald Avenue which actually has more commercial establishements than East 17 st. Her arguments are bogus at best. Sometimes else is going on here. McDonald Avenue is the boundary between CB #15 and CB #11 but on CB 15 territory. It is obvious that the new location was proposed to satisfy both parties.
Dec. 4, 2012, 9:47 am
Coregen from Homecrest says:
This is the best place for this rehab. I was in daycare today that is on the same block that this rehab will be to pick up my kids and was offered by nurse to sign a petition against this rehab. I told her that I am not against this rehab, that I'm actually is for this rehab to be in that place and in that neighborhood, and it will make me even more proud to have this rehab in my neighborhood. I'm sick and tired when our State Department defends rights of sexual minorities overseas, all religions and drug addicts overseas claiming that everyone has equal rights. Somehow, we americans fight for this democracy, tolerance and human right overseas but at our own home we don't like drug rehabs to be in our neighborhoods, we don't like mosques to be built in our neighborhoods. I say - each board must have it is own drug rehab and its own mosque, stop be a hater, this is not how this great country was built. Drug addicts are humans as well and have their rights and those can't be viloted.
Feb. 5, 2013, 6:12 pm
Coregen from Homecrest says:
they do not distribute drugs at the center - they provide only counseling to young people who do recreational drugs, not to recent prisoners. It sounds like they will be a useful and important place for local immigrants and others. These people in the community board is what makes me outraged. In America we don't treat people with contempt before they are guilty, and this should extend to businesses and other COMMUNITY facilities.
Feb. 5, 2013, 6:44 pm

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