After $2 million scare, Kensington’s Last Stop recovery center is going legit

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After 18 years as an ad-hoc organization with no official designation, the Last Stop is making moves to legitimize its recovery operation.

In January, the well-known Kensington recovery center was slapped with a $1.7 million lawsuit over zoning violations. With the help of an attorney, founder Eddie Zampitella has begun to resolve the citations that got him into hot water with the city — and is working toward incorporating as a nonprofit.

Zampitella told Billy Penn he has agreed to sign over his ownership of the Last Stop to an official board of directors. It’s a major change for the scrappy operation, which has always taken an under-the-table approach to addiction recovery. The board, once officially appointed as owners, will handle funding and legal matters.

Jay Edelstein, Zampitella’s attorney, concedes that his client dropped the ball by letting citations build up to the point of a giant lawsuit…

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