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Judge Denies Rochester Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit From SOS Recovery Center

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A Strafford County Superior Court judge has denied the city of Rochester’s request to dismiss a lawsuit it’s facing from a local church and addiction recovery center.

The city is in an ongoing dispute with First Church Congregational in downtown Rochester. SOS Recovery operates recovery service located in the church building. The city is trying to shut down the SOS operations, saying it doesn’t meet zoning ordinances.

After the church and SOS responded with a lawsuit, the city filed for a dismissal. This week, a judge denied it, and suggested the plaintiffs have some standing as the case moves forward.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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