Developer Ted Upshaw promises a neighborhood protest at tonight’s Little Rock Board of Directors meeting over city planners’ approval of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on the grounds of the former Oasis Renewal Center on Cooper Orbit Road, just outside the western city limits but within the city’s planning jurisdiction.

As Upshaw tells it, city officials approved the Recovery Centers of Arkansas’s use of the property for a residential center without going through a public review before the Board of Adjustment or Planning Commission. Upshaw says Planning Director Tony Bozynski decided that a previously approved nonconforming use of the property by another group for activities by handicapped children could be extended to the Recovery Centers.