Neighbors Say Fourth Group Home Is Too Many
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 27, 2003
CANASTOTA, NEW YORK--A group of 15 residents from a local housing development held a public hearing Monday to express their opposition to a proposed group home in their neighborhood.
The local United Cerebral Palsy plans to purchase a home in Rosewood Circle and move up to five people with cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities into it, the Oneida Dispatch reported.
The current residents say they are concerned because this would be the fourth such group home in the immediate area.
"This cluster of homes creates an obvious saturation and alters the nature and character of the area," said James Galavotti, who is also the developer of Rosewood Circle. "The addition of this site would create four group homes in extremely close proximity on the south side of a small residential area."
Canastota Mayor Todd Rouse explained to the group that they have few options.
One Rosewood Circle resident, Brenda Dow said she and her husband would welcome the group home. She said the residents could only enrich the diversity of the neighborhood.
"Some oppose group home in Canastota" (Oneida Dispatch)