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Sober Home Owners Sell Underhill Avenue Property

Release Recovery operates a sober living residence out of a home at 482 Underhill Ave. Credits: Facebook

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The home previously occupied by Constellations Recovery, a sober living residence, has been sold, according to a deed agreement filed Thursday, May 11, with the Westchester County Clerk’s Office.

Previous owners Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick sold the 482 Underhill Ave. home to Justin Gurland, Matthew Rinklin and Zachary Clark for $1.25 million.

It is not clear from either the deed or the mortgage agreement how Gurland, Rinklin and Clark intend to use the property, which is zoned for a single-family residential use. In March 2015, the town board approved a special-use permit for a convalescent home, allowing Constellations Recovery to operate as a sober living residence. The 8,470-square-foot home was able to house as many as 14 recovering drug and alcohol addicts at a time.

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Supervisor Michael Grace told Yorktown News that, according to the conditions of Constellations Recovery’s approval, the special-use permit will not transfer to the new buyers, meaning if they sought to operate a sober living residence, they would need to reapply for a permit.

According to Gurland’s LinkedIn page, he worked for six years with Serenity New York (now called City Recovery), a Manhattan-based recovery company that provides “sober living environments” throughout the city. The company also provides other non-residential treatments, such as “sober coaching.”

McCrossan and McGoldrick purchased the home in April 2014 for $1.2 million. After a contentious and lengthy approval process, which included multiple lawsuits, they operated a sober living residence out of the home for about a year before closing last summer in the wake of an overdose death of one of its residents.

The death of 18-year-old Hank McWilliam in December 2015 was caused by acute etizolam intoxication, according to the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death, reported exclusively by Yorktown News in June 2016, contradicted earlier claims made by McCrossan, who said, “There has been no indication, after several toxicology reports, of any drugs in his system.” He added that “everything has come up negative.”

Less than a month after the report, Constellations Recovery closed its doors and McCrossan declined to comment on the facility’s future, telling Yorktown News that he did not want to fuel the rumors any further.

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