Dunwoody city officials say they have been formally notified the city could be taken to court if a California-based company isn’t allowed to open the home treatment facility it plans on Manget Way.
Acting City Manager Billy Grogan said on May 29 the city had received a formal notice of a possible lawsuit from attorneys representing the Center for Discovery.
The California-based Center for Discovery has proposed turning a home on Manget Way into a home treatment facility for teenage girls with eating disorders. On April 11, Craig Brown, founder and CEO of the center, said the company bought and began work to convert the Manget Way home after consulting with state and local officials.
Neighbors who object to the facility hired lawyer Linda Dunlavy. She has argued the center’s plans were to operate a medical treatment facility, which is not allowed in a single-family residential area, rather than a personal care home, which is allowed in a residential area.
The neighbors appealed to the Zoning Review Board a city decision that the home could operate legally if it is a personal care home. The board is to consider the appeal next week, city officials said during a community meeting May 29 at the Dunwoody North Driving Club clubhouse.
“A lot will depend on the outcome of the hearing,” Grogan said.

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