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Oklahoma City Council approves plans for drug and alcohol treatment center

Plans to build a drug and alcohol treatment center west of downtown Oklahoma City was approved Tuesday by the city council.
by William Crum Modified: April 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013

Council Member Ed Shadid, a medical doctor, said The Referral Center, which was incorporated in 1981 and has a treatment center at 1215 NW 25 St., has a long track record and, in terms of medical treatment, “is the best Oklahoma City has to offer.”

Bill McMichael, who owns property in the area where the new treatment center will be built, told council members he collected 59 signatures from neighbors who objected to granting the permit requested by The Referral Center for its building.

Other social service agencies already in the neighborhood are destroying the area's residential and commercial atmosphere, he said.

“The nonprofits are taking over the government,” McMichael said.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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