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Monte Nido out: CEO says neighbors would sue

The CEO of Malibu-based Monte Nido has decided to end the company’s pursuit of an adolescent eating disorder treatment facility for 2 Morris Lane.

Citing the potential for legal challenges from neighbors in the area, Vicki Kroviak, CEO of a Malibu-based for-profit company dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders, said the company has decided to cease its effort to establish such a facility in the Heathcote section of Scarsdale.

“A few neighbors have threatened driveway-access and easement related litigation that, while baseless, could tie up progress at this address for years,” Kroviak told the Inquirer in a statement.

The facility Monte Nido proposed for 2 Morris Lane would have housed six to eight adolescent girls with eating disorders between the ages of 12 and 18 on an in-patient basis for about three months at a time. Residents would not have been able to leave the property unattended by facility staff, would have been educated in the facility at their home districts’ expense and visitation would have been scheduled to minimize traffic to the house, which sits in the middle of a 2-acre flag lot, largely hidden from street view.

These circumstances did not sit well with some area neighbors who — citing traffic concerns, potentially decreased property values, Monte Nido’s for-profit nature and the perceived potential for drugs and suicides at the facility among other things — turned out in force before the village board of trustees’ Law and Land Use committees Nov. 24 to make their objections known.

Although New York State’s Padavan law was created to allow group treatment centers like Monte Nido’s to exist in residential areas despite local zoning so long as they meet state standards and are not saturating a given area, the board was swayed by the neighbors’ arguments that night and voted 6-0 — Trustee William Stern was absent — to officially object to the adolescent eating disorder treatment facility on the grounds its placement anywhere in the village would over-saturate the area with such facilities.

There are currently two residential group homes within the village’s borders. Both are nonprofit entities. That will remain the case.

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December 24, 2015