Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center proposal pulled

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Darryl Strawberry's namesake won't show up in St. Louis after all. A proposed psychiatric and rehab center was set to be named for the former baseball star.

The people who live in the surrounding neighborhood told their legislators they didn't want it in their backyard, and they won their fight.

"We had people walking through the neighborhood door to door passing out pamphlets and signature sheets for folks to mail in to or sign on the spot, and/or mail at their convenience to Jeff City to just get our voices out there," Greg Whitmore said.

Whitmore is one of a few dozen people who met with State Rep. Mary Nichols to try to stop Strawberry Ministries and a Florida-based company called Oglethorpe from turning this former state mental facility for teens at the corner of Midland and Link, into a rehab and mental facility for adults.

"I fully agree that there's a need. However, that particular situation, that particular facility, the neighborhood it's in was just not the place," he said.

"We don't want to be in a community that doesn't want to embrace us," Tracy Strawberry said. "And that's very important because we're not going to come into a community to help individuals at the expense of other individuals."

Tracy Strawberry says she and her husband, former major league baseball player-turned minister Darryl Strawberry, were surprised the opposition was so strong. The couple lives in St. Peters, and runs Strawberry Ministries.

"When the community speaks, we listen. And they made an impact," she said.

An Oglethorpe official tells us they may reconsider opening a facility in Missouri down the road, but for now they're out of the Show Me State.


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