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Housing, counseling service proposed off Dawsonville Highway
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A housing and counseling service for women and children is proposed off Dawsonville Highway along Lanier Valley Drive. The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will consider the proposal Tuesday, March 13. - photo by Asha Gill

There’s a mixed record when it comes to how well residential treatment centers are received in Gainesville and Hall County.

Next month, a housing and counseling service for women and children proposed for an undeveloped property off Dawsonville Highway will come before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board next month.

In the fall of 2016, city officials denied a special use permit for a group home housing 36 men recovering from addiction.

Synergy Recovery Center was forced to vacate its plans to develop the Cleveland Street property it had acquired after officials responded to public outcry.

On the other hand, Straight Street Revolution Ministries received approval to build a program housing and counseling women who have escaped sex trafficking residential area off Weaver Road.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners, acknowledging local residents’ safety concerns, OK’d the project only after agreeing to reduce the number of residences to five, each housing just four women.

A daycare, church, apartments, retail and single-family homes are adjacent to the proposed site along Lanier Valley Drive.

The projects calls for 15,000 square feet of office, support group space and residential facilities, according to a city staff report.

An unnamed nonprofit proposes to construct fencing and provide landscaping to screen all buildings, parking areas and outdoor common spaces.

The facility would not serve as rehabilitation for substance abuse or serve criminal offenders.

The Planning and Appeals Board will review the matter and make a recommendation to City Council when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.  

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