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COUNCIL TO REVIEW PROPOSED DRUG TREATMENT CENTER
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COUNCIL TO REVIEW PROPOSED DRUG TREATMENT CENTER

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The Greensboro City Council will receive an update today on a Salvation Army proposal for a new drug treatment center - one that would require an amendment to the city zoning ordinances that, in turn, could allow homeless shelters and treatment facilities to be built in much of the city's commercial areas.

The Salvation Army has sought to tear down its existing lodge at Lee Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, replacing it with a larger residential treatment and vocational center.To accommodate the group's plans, city planning staff had recommended creation of a new zoning classification that would have allowed similar facilities in many of the city's commercial areas.

But the project was opposed by residents of the nearby Asheboro Street and Arlington Park neighborhoods, where the city is carrying out redevelopment projects, as well as by the Old Greensborough Preservation Society.

That opposition led the Greensboro Planning Board to reject the proposed zoning amendment in April by a 6-1 vote.

Since then, the City Council has delayed hearing an appeal of the amendment while the Salvation Army meets with groups that opposed the project. The Salvation Army also has cut its proposed expansion in half.

The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the zoning amendment Tuesday afternoon - postponed from Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - but is not scheduled to take any action during its business meeting this afternoon.

Also during its briefing session, the council will hear from its Human Services Advisory Committee, which screens requests for city money from not-for-profit service agencies.

The committee will ask the council today to set a total funding level for the 1990-91 fiscal year. The 1989-90 level is $386,500.

The committee will also ask the council to list its service priorities. For 1989-90, those were: youth; drugs and substance abuse; crime prevention; senior citizens; day care; and conflict resolution.

The committee, through the city's Department of Planning and Community Development, will accept proposals through Jan. 31 from agencies requesting city money.

The council also will see a video presentation titled, ``Child Care: It's Good for Business,' prepared by the city's Commission on the Status of Women.

The council will be asked during its business meeting to endorse the video, which calls for public-private partnerships to make more day-care services available.

In other business, the council is expected to increase fees for building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing inspections performed by the city.

All city fees are reviewed annually, and most of them are set at levels that cover the city's cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged.

And the council may hear one or more speakers from the floor protesting its action of Dec. 28, in which it repealed a provision of the city employment code that protected gay city employees from discrimination.

That provision was enacted in October, but new members who joined the council after the November election provided a majority who favored repealing the measure.

The briefing session begins at 10:30 a.m. in the council briefing room on the plaza level of city hall. The business meeting begins at 1 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor.

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