COLORADO SPRINGS — Over the last seven years, Peaks Recovery Centers has been meeting individuals from all walks of life, helping them on the road to recovery.
Earlier this month, city council approved an annexation of land for the centers on Old Ranch Road.
President and Founder of Peaks Recovery Centers, Chris Burns, started the organization after his own experiences with substances, then recovery.
"It is a passion of mine, a purpose of mine just to walk with folks into recovery," said Chris Burns.
Along side Chris is his brother Brandon who is the chief executive officer of the center.
Over the last year, the brothers have expanded the center into a new facility on Old Ranch Rd.
"The feeling of goodness of when our patients drive up to the center is an important feature for this that once they pull in this is nurturing and I can do this and this is a beautiful place," said Brandon Burns.
Brandon shares the aesthetics and feel of Old Ranch Road that he says fit what him and Chris envisioned.
Before city council approved the annexation, News5 spoke with a few folks who lived nearby, many of whom opposed the plan.
After the approval, News5 reached out again, they say the fight isn't over.
Brian Fasterling, a neighbor to the center says more than 90% of the neighborhood are still against the centers new location.
Fasterling says they have hired a real estate litigation law firm to fight what he says has been an "unconscionable treatment to the neighborhood."
"I completely understand the community and their energy because I remember being in a situation where I don't understand something," said Chris Burns.
The brothers say they want to sit down with the neighbors and share their story, in hopes they can see eye to eye.
"I would love to bring our facility and what we do to them so they know how we operate and we can ensure them that we will bring safety to their community," said Brandon Burns.
To share with them what they say is a safe, sound, and sober environment.
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