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Is there a ‘halfway house’ or recovery house on Windemere Road?

Julian March


The city of Wilmington calls them “group home supportive” and designates them small, medium or large.

The group home on Windemere Road was permitted in September of 2004, said John Fullerton, the city’s zoning administrator. The Windemere Road home is classified as a group home supportive medium, and is allowed to have up to eight people living there, Fullerton said. The residents, which may be recovering alcoholics or drug users, have to meet some requirements under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Fullerton said.

Additionally, the city requires that group homes in the residential districts must be at least a half-mile away from any other group home.

The Windemere house is operated by a company called New Life Launch Pads, which also operates several other similar homes in Wilmington. According to the group’s website, the homes allow people to “mentally and emotionally support each other in their programs of recovery.”


Wilmington enacted an ordinance regarding the number of non-related people occupying a house. Does New Hanover County have a similar ordinance?

What happened to the Catherine Kennedy Home?

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One Response to “ Is there a ‘halfway house’ or recovery house on Windemere Road?”

  1. On December 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm Roscoe wrote:

    It is very ironic that only 3 non-related people are allowed to share a home but a group home can house eight. I’m all for people trying to help themselves but it is just wrong for the city not to let residents of the neighborhood (of which I am one) know there will be a group home. It is also important to know what they are recovering from. There may well be no objections from any neighbors. If they are drug users, and have a relapse, they could become dangerous to the neighbors, or break into homes looking for cash to buy drugs. Apparently the ADA does not advocate for neighbors of group homes. I do not know if the nearest neighbors have had an issue with any of the group home residents, but the last time I drove by they had placed commercial style, cement parking stoppers in the yard. Very tacky.

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