Albany leaders are getting closer to approving a new ordinance, which will allow personal care homes to open, but under strict restrictions. Until that ordinance is complete, requests for future personal care homes will remain in limbo.
Albany city commissioners have now denied two requests to lift a moratorium designed to prevent additional personal care homes from opening.
The 120 day moratorium, which expires at the end of the month, was imposed to give them enough time to revise their current ordinance, which has been in place for 20 years. Some of the biggest concerns are parking and public safety, but commissioners are making progress.
"You want to be fair, you want to give the people in the community a chance to express themselves, which they did. And you want to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to come to grips with this thing," said Commissioner Tommie Postell.
"It's not all cut and dry. And I think we have to go to the enth degree to make sure, for the safety of our citizens, public safety generally speaking, and especially the residents that surround these group homes, that there's nothing that we have to worry about," said Commissioner Roger Marietta.
Bailey Healthcare CEO, Randy Bailey, hoped to convert this house on North Davis Street into a personal care home for three disabled people. He bought the house before the moratorium was put in place, but during Tuesday's meeting commissioners denied his request.
"The reason they're operating these homes is to make a profit. And I have no problem with that, but it's a business and they're going to try to cut costs and maximize their profit. And I'm concerned about the residents safety first, not their profit first," said Commissioner Marietta.
Anne Mitchell, who lives in that neighborhood and has a son with cerebral palsy, says she's not discriminating, she's protecting her neighborhood.
"We're not sure whether we have ordinances in place that would protect the historical nature, the renown architecture in our neighborhood," explained Mitchell.
Commissioners made several changes and voted on the draft ordinance during Tuesday's meeting. But the final draft must be unanimously approved to go into effect.
Currently there are 21 personal care homes in Albany. Commissioners will vote on whether to approve the final draft of the ordinance Tuesday, January 22nd.
Albany city commissioners have denied a request to lift a moratorium for a personal care home.
Randy Bailey, CEO of Bailey Healthcare Inc., asked commissioners to make an exception so he can continue the development of a personal care home on North Davis Street.
He purchased the home before the moratorium was put in place.
The 120 day moratorium was put in place September 25th to let commissioners revise their current ordinance which has been in place for 20 years.
Neighbors have spoken out against this home asking commissioners to help protect their neighborhood.
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