ROCKPORT — Neighbors to a proposed development that would serve the homeless have filed an appeal, claiming among other things the project raises issues of safety and security.

The neighbors filed an appeal with the Rockport Zoning Board of Appeals for the development at 6 Madelyn Lane which formerly was used as medical offices. The Zoning Board is scheduled to hear the appeal Wednesday evening, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., at the Rockport Opera House.

The Hope For The Future LLC development was approved by the Rockport Planning Board on July 28.

Named as the people appealing the project are Elizabeth and Michael Hanley, Virginia Carboy, Katherine Killoran, Patrick Killoran, Timothy Killoran, Steven Levine, Hannah Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Marianne Linder, Anthony Muri, Janet Muri, Judith Rose, Lorraine Streat, and Philip Streat. Most are neighbors at Sea Light Lane.

“One does not need to be an expert in homelessness to know that it is a problem frequently associated with drug and alcohol dependency, crime, and, in some cases, violence, among other problems,” the appeal by the neighbors state.

The neighbors claim the application filed by the developer was virtually silent on safety and security.

The 6.1 acre property has two buildings, built approximately 15 years ago, that are vacant. Pen Bay Family Medicine and Pen Bay Pediatrics occupied the buildings which were leased, but those offices relocated to the new office building on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.

Hope for the Future bought the property in July 2021 for $1.7 million and plans to convert the buildings to supportive housing. The buildings are to be used by Knox County Homeless Coalition and includes living, meeting, and office space.

The proposed conversion incorporates 18 living units for individuals and families in need of housing, and space for health, wellness, and services that provide them support.

The neighbors also claim the project is not a permitted use and argue in their written appeal that the Board improperly deferred to the developer of the characterization of the proposed use.