City of Rochester Quickly Revokes Cease and Desist Against Local Recovery Center

Sep 24, 2018

A drug recovery center in Rochester is back open after the city ordered it shut down Friday, citing a zoning violation.

The center, one of two locations run by SOS Recovery, operates out of a local church.

Senator Maggie Hassan and others celebrated its expansion just this spring, but since then it has faced some opposition from local residents who say it is bringing more crime to the neighborhood.

On Friday, city officials delivered a cease and desist order. They said the church is officially zoned as a “House of Worship,” and the recovery center’s activities don’t fall under that category.

But the center’s supporters quickly rallied behind it. And, as of late Saturday night, the city had lifted its order, said SOS Director John Burns. A recovery celebration and concert they had scheduled went on as planned this weekend.