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Man plans to open sober living home in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgantown zoning officials are considering a plan to turn a historic law office building into a home for recovering substance abusers.

Douglas Leech says he's been through it himself and wants to help others.

Morgantown Sober Living Inc. would be the first of its kind for men in Morgantown. Leech also aims to open one for women.

He'll work with Chestnut Ridge Center and West Virginia University to find people participating in long-term outpatient treatment.

Zoners must consider whether to let the building serve as a rooming house that could hold 14 residents and a manager.

Residents would be subject to curfews, tested for substance abuse, and work, volunteer or take classes for 32 hours a week.

Leech tells the Dominion Post ( most would stay six to 12 months.


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