P&Z recommends approval of teen group home
By Landon Bench
WELLSVILLE -- A recommendation to
approve a new ordinance allowing the business license
for a group home in Wellsville was made by the Planning
and Zoning Committee to the City Council yesterday.
Approximately one year ago, Logan
River Academy considered purchasing a home in Wellsville
to convert into a group home. This was met by opposition
from many citizens. Several public hearings were held,
where many citizens gave their input and opposition
to the group home.
Another Logan River location is just
3/10 of a mile away from homes and very close to Willow
Valley Middle School. Logan River Academy is a treatment
program for adolescent youths with "behavior difficulties."
The homepage Web site for LRA has been recently been
changed from "designed and structured to help teenagers
who are having behavioral and emotional difficulties"
to "having difficulties in the home, community and school."
"Since LRA cannot disclose
the reasons a youth is enrolled in their program, it
is easy for my imagination to assume the worst," concerned
resident Geoff Cox said.
A Mr. Halloc, attorney for Logan
River Academy, the company seeking the original location
of the facility, said he was attending the Planning
and Zoning meeting "mostly as an observer" but thought
the ordinance was "drafted fairly" although he may not
agree with everything in it.
The Wellsville City Council will
be discussing the allowance of this new ordinance in
the near future, probably next Wednesday.