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T-Center proposal passes planning commission

The controversial drug rehabilitation facility, known as the T-Center, is one step closer to getting built now that its proposed location has been rezoned.

Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of the change, which will rezone the 45-acre parcel of land from R-4 residential to a medical campus zone.

For a more in-depth look at the commission’s decision, read this Daily Mail article by local government reporter Matt Murphy.

The T-Center has been heralded as a game-changer in the area’s fight against drug abuse. It will be the first free-standing residential treatment facility of its kind in West Virginia.

While many have supported the center’s pledge to “change lives, rebuild families and support people who suffer from the disease of abuse,” its location has elicited outrage from several community members who claim its presence will bring unwanted drug activity to the neighborhood and nearby Capital High School.

People also are upset with the way the Kanawha County Board of Education gifted the land to the center instead of leasing or selling it to fund a new football stadium or facility upgrades to Capital High. The property was last appraised in 2008 to be worth $495,000, but has not received any formal offers in more than a decade.

The center still needs to raise $10 million before construction can begin. To date, $1.5 million has been raised, and center officials expect to be fully funded within the next 18 months.

For more background information on the T-Center and how it came to be, read this article.