The home in question is part of the Oxford House network which houses men and women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. By the city's municipal code, it is considered a group home but Oxford House directors consider it more of a self-run rent home and say this is one of the first times they've run into this many zoning problems and there are over a thousand Oxford Homes in the country.
Many are concerned about a home on the corner of Markham Avenue and Brookside Drive. On the outside, it appears to be a single family home, but inside up to six men live together as part of rehabilitation network, known as Oxford house.
"We have no objection to people recovering from drugs and from alcoholism we cheer when that happens," said neighbor George Irvin.
But it's how and where that recovery happens that have neighbors like Irvin and his some of his other neighbors upset.
"It's a matter of putting seven men in 1500 feet of space, we think it's unconscionable," said Irvin.
Part of the Oxford House mission is to put former addicts in self run rent houses where they can get back on their feet.
Directors wouldn't speak to us on camera, but say, they don't consider Oxford houses group homes, so they don't apply for zoning changes or announce openings they just move in, like any other resident would. Six months went by before many neighbors knew they were there.
Manuel Serbin lives a few doors down.
"I haven't seen anything really bad but I didn't know they had been there for a year," said Serbin.
The city's planning commission approved rezoning the home so it could remain in it's place and used as a halfway house, but neighbors are petitioning to have it rescinded.
"For me it's a bad example for kids, that's my concern about it," added Serbin.
Directors say keeping recovering addicts off the street is safer than shutting them out, but until the city decides whether the home fits proper zoning, some neighbors are considering moving out and others say they'll continue pushing to preserve the quality and safety of their neighborhood.
"It needs to be something we can live with and be supportive of," said Irvin.
The city is taking this issue up at it's next board meeting, August 7th.