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Kent County Commissioners Allow NorthNode to Continue Offering Counseling Near Dover

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DOVER, Del.- Kent County Levy Court commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval needed to allow a group counseling center near Dover to remain open, despite some opposition raised by neighbors over its potential impact to the community.

Levy Court commissioners voted 6-1 to give a conditional use permit to NorthNode Group Counseling for its property at the corner of South State Street and Beechwood Avenue. The property has formerly housed a dental office and home accounting business.

Although the center technically opened its doors on property zoned for neighborhood businesses, NorthNode was in violation of county code because it did not have a conditional use permit to offer group counseling for substance abuse.

County officials have maintained businesses that are actively seeking proper permitting or approvals for operation will not be closed.

Some neighbors raised issue with the fact that the county did not shut down NorthNode despite not having previously obtained the permit. Opponents during a public hearing also brought forth concerns about the center’s clientele and foot traffic.

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