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Meeting held over proposed halfway house in Norwalk

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Dozens packed a meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night to urge officials to reject plans for a proposed halfway house in Norwalk.

The facility would be on Quintard Avenue in South Norwalk.

For years, the home was a facility for men trying to recover from substance abuse. The company that has since taken over wants to reopen the place as a facility to help prisoners transition back into society. But neighbors say a place like that doesn't belong in the neighborhood.

The battle has been going on since last summer after Firetree Limited, a Pennsylvania-based company, bought the building.

The company has been trying to get a certificate of occupancy from the city so it can operate, despite the backlash from community members.

The Zoning Board has already ruled against the development once.

The issue is ultimately expected to go to court.

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