Save Our Sequim is a non-profit organization that is trying to stop the regional methadone addiction facility that is proposed for a 20 acre parcel of land in the City of Sequim near the Costco store. This is the hot issue of the day in Sequim right now, and many concerned citizens feel the methadone addiction facility will not be good for Sequim. Here’s a video from Save Our Sequim. You can enlarge it on your monitor, or click on the Youtube button to watch it directly on Youtube:
There are people on both sides of this issue, and as you can imagine, it is a hot button issue. If you are a retiree considering Sequim, I thought you might like to know about what is happening in Sequim, and at least get a little information on this issue.
Save Our Sequim has a Facebook Page and a website [SaveOurSequim.org] where you can learn more. This quote from their website explains the issue:
“On May 6, 2019, Sequim was rocked by an article by the Peninsula Daily News titled “State approves funds for Peninsula-wide behavioral health facility, Center to be operated by Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Olympic Medical Center, and Jefferson Healthcare” (Peninsula Daily News). Without prior vote or approval and so much as a notification, the citizens of Sequim are now finding out that big businesses have already quietly rezoned, purchased and initiated hiring for a 25,000 sq foot Medication-Assisted Treatment Facility (later retitled “healing center”) on 20 acres that will transform our community, directly on our main street, in the center of our town.”
One question among locals is whether this facility, which apparently will bus drug addicts to Sequim from Seattle, will increase crime, the homeless population, and reduce property values. There is also a serious and complex question about whether the facility’s services actually help drug addicts recover on a long term basis. Seattle’s programs have been a major disaster as seen in the viral Youtube video Seattle is Dying watched by over 4.7 million.
These are very difficult issues, but they do effect Sequim and will effect retirees moving to Sequim in a number of ways, none of which appear to be positive. Real estate values in and around such a a facility are almost guaranteed to go down.
You’re welcome to leave comments if you have an opinion or experience on this subject.
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