LR Group Home Upsets Neighbors

LR Group Home Upsets Neighbors

A group home proposed to open in a neighborhood near the Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock has some homeowners upset.
A group home proposed to open in a neighborhood near the Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock has some homeowners upset.

About a dozen homeowners showed up to the Little Rock Planning Commission's work session, even though they didn't get a chance to speak at the meeting.

The homeowners say they're concerned a group home in their neighborhood will decrease the value of their homes. They say they're also worried about the type of people who would be moving in.

The Little Rock Planning Commission is discussing the proposed home and researching what type of modifications could be made to accommodate the residents and appease the neighbors. Homeowners say their biggest concerns are how many people would live there, the number of vehicles that would be parked there, and who would actually move in. Bill May says he thinks a group home is a great idea, but not in his neighborhood.

The Director of Planning and Development for the City of Little Rock says the Planning Commission is very interested in this issue, and is trying to gather as much information as possible about the proposed group home.

The meeting was not an opportunity for the public to express their concerns, and no decision is being made right now. The Little Rock Planning Commission will place this topic on the next agenda meeting. The public will be able to voice their concerns at that time.

The planning commissioners say the difficulty is finding out what exactly the rules and regulations for a group home in a residential neighborhood are without discriminating against the people who would be living there.
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