Sober House Owner Says Situation Remains At ‘Standstill’
The man looking to build a "Sober House on Hawthorn St. in New Bedford says things remain at a standstill.
Stephen Sheldon, of SGS Holdings, told WBSM's Brian Thomas that he's had several conversations but still has not been given any clear indication on whether or not his project will be approved.
"We've actually had a number of conversations with the city, but we haven't come to any resolution we're we asked for reasonable accomodation and the city hasn't denied us or accepted it, we're kind of in limbo," said Sheldon.
Sheldon, says that he has given city officials all the information they need and given repeated tours of his property but has yet to receive a response.
"They have come through and they've walked through the building with me and we've had numerous discussions and correspondence but the problem is we're not moving forward," said Sheldon "so it's beyond the slow as mollases point I believe and so at this point we're just asking the city to go ahead and make a decision."
Sheldon said that he's confident he could win any legal challenge that the city puts forth to try and stop his project.
"There's just so much case law around. this the city will lose," said Sheldon "but it also doesn't mean that they have to accept everything, so I can't come in there and put a hundred people in the house and say 'oh I'm protected by this' and that's not what I'm doing."
Sheldon also said he is prepared to go ahead with legal action if necessary and has filed papers in federal court.