ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Residents of historic Lewis Place are upset about a group home for men addicted to heroin opening in their neighborhood. They are circulating a petition and talking with City leaders in an effort to get it shut down. The home located at Eight Lewis Place has been open a few weeks. Willia Clayborn has lived in the neighborhood for 43 years. She says no one knew the business was going to open in their community, "I was just really shocked that they were able to move in here and set it up as a recovery center."
The group home is owned by Assisted Recovery Centers of America. The owner, Perry Menzies, declined an on-camera interview about the matter. However, Alvin Willis, president of the Lewis Place Improvement Association says the business violates City zoning laws, but that's not all. "We have a covenant. It's a violation of the covenant, which does not permit boarding houses or rooming houses."
Pamela Talley, president of Lewis Place Historical Preservation, Inc., says the organization has been working with police for months to rid the community of drugs and crime. They say they won't rest until the home is shut down. "You think you can move in and not be noticed or move in and we say anything is unbelievable, not over here. There may be some blocks you can get away with that, but not over here."