A sober-living home that caused a small uproar in upscale Paradise Valley is on its way out.
The house, located at 6710 East Fanfol Drive, is listed for sale after prompting a complaint from the Town of Paradise Valley and concerns from neighbors. The sober-living home is currently home to a group of residents recovering from addiction under the auspices of Pinnacle Peak Recovery, a Scottsdale-based addiction treatment center.
According to Andrew Miller, Paradise Valley town attorney, Pinnacle Peak Recovery informed him that they intend to vacate the premises by the end of November. Miller has also received a notice of non-renewal of the lease for the sober-living house.
Property owner Dan Mosher declined to answer when asked whether he told Pinnacle Peak to vacate the house. He told Phoenix New Times in a text message that he could in theory terminate Pinnacle Peak Recovery's lease after giving them one month's notice.
The Zillow listing, which went online October 8, says that the property is leased until the end of November. The current asking price is listed as $1,095,000.
Pinnacle Peak Recovery declined to comment on the situation to New Times.
Paradise Valley took issue with the number of people in the house, prompting the complaint from the town. A September 7 letter stated that Pinnacle Peak was in violation of the city code, which does not permit more than five unrelated people to live together under one roof. According to the real estate listing, the house has 3,688 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, and a pool.
Neighbors were alarmed by the number of people they saw being ferried to and from the house in a white van several times a day. On a regular basis, cars would congregate outside the house for what appeared to be a group meeting.
"We call it visiting day," said one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous. "That’s when on a random Thursday morning there will be 14, 15 cars all around the place."
Amie Mendoza, an attorney representing Pinnacle Peak, had previously requested that the sober-living home receive an accommodation to allow it to house at least two people per room.
"There’s a number of issues that people are just completely uneducated about with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act," she told New Times recently.
These federal laws require communities to accommodate residents who are recovering from addiction.
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However, sober-living homes have proliferated, especially in Arizona. A number of treatment centers opened to serve a population ravaged by the opioid crisis; at the same time, the Affordable Care Act's expanded insurance coverage for addiction treatment facilitated the field's growth.
Addiction treatment centers are often tied to sober-living homes, where people recovering from addiction can live in a neighborhood with a supportive group of housemates. This has led to occasional clashes of neighborhoods and the sober-living residences, like the one on Fanfol Drive. Some cities and towns have attempted to regulate the sober-living homes using the city code, with mixed success, in an effort to weed out any bad actors.
The co-owner of Pinnacle Peak Recovery, Tyler Tisdale, was previously convicted of an attempt to defraud a bank, raising concerns in the mind of neighbors. The questionable Facebook history of a house manager didn't help, either.
"It just doesn’t seem like a well-run company," a neighbor said, and added, "The fact that a company like Pinnacle Peak is able to capitalize on this situation is very, very disturbing."