Local News in Brief : Nancy Reagan Drug Center Gets Permit

A Los Angeles zoning administrator granted a permit Tuesday to allow the Nancy Reagan Center for drug rehabilitation to open in Lake View Terrace, sparking a barrage of criticism from area residents, who said they will appeal. Associate Zoning Administrator Darryl L. Fisher said he issued a two-year permit, with the potential for an automatic extension of three more years, to keep center operators “honest . . . they’ve got to prove themselves.”

Fisher acknowledged that a residential neighborhood may not seem the perfect location for a 210-bed, live-in drug-abuse-treatment center, but he said the facility will be far less intrusive than was a hospital that formerly operated at the site.

The center is being opened by Phoenix House, a national nonprofit corporation. The former First Lady plans to maintain an office at the center.