Neighbors worried over Kemah house turned into substance abuse facility

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

KEMAH, Texas - A Kemah home, donated to a foster family with big hearts, is turning into a treatment center for addicts with big problems.

Homeowners who live near the property want the city to block it.

"I just don't think it's a proper place for it," says a woman who lives across the street from the property.

Back in 2010, she and other homeowners who live on Delesandri Lane watched volunteers design and build the two-story Kemah home for the Beach family. Melissa and Larry Beach had four children of their own and nine adopted children. They were living in two Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers after Hurricane Ike destroyed home.

But even with no mortgage, the taxes were more than the family could play. They sold the home to the owners of Kemah Palms Recovery, a substance abuse treatment facility.

"I just don't want to look up and see a bunch of stragglers walking up and down the street," says the neighbor who didn't want to give her name. "I don't think this is the place for it."

Butch Woolfolk, one of the three owners of the facility told Local 2 by phone the center will be a place for high net worth individuals addicted to legal narcotics like painkillers.

He said the $20,000 to $30,000 a month should quell the neighbors' concerns about the type of clientele their business will serve.

Even if it doesn't, City Council says it can not stop the center from opening because there is no zoning in the city. The only requirements are notifying neighbors and getting parking plans approved by the city.

The earliest the center could open is July 16. The Kemah city secretary says that's when the city council will approve or deny the facility's parking variance request.

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