A zoning board meeting earlier this month to discuss a construction substitution on the city’s east side turned into a soapbox for nearby residents to express concerns over the prospect of tenants with behavioral issues moving into their neighborhood.
The Athens Board of Zoning Appeals held the meeting May 10 to discuss a construction substitution regarding the allowable number of stories of a residence planned for 10 Graham Drive.
At question was whether Integrated Services of Appalachian Ohio would be allowed to construct a two-story family housing facility and let residents live on the first floor of the building instead of the original plans for a three-story structure with no housing on the first level.
Nearby residents showed up, however, to express their concerns over whether the facility should be allowed in the first place, as well as concerns about what types of people would occupy the new residence.
Integrated Services of Appalachian Ohio operates the Graham Drive Family Housing residence for families who “experience homelessness related to economic, health and behavioral health issues,” according to a press release.
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