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Men's home on hold after residents voice concern
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Plans to open a sober living home for men are on hold after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board failed to reach a quorum Tuesday.

The special use request for the men’s home on Cleveland Street, located behind the Super 8 motel and J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway was tabled until September.

Proponents said the Synergy Recovery Center will give men referred by the criminal justice a “second chance.”

A 10-unit apartment complex on the site, known as the Cleveland Street Apartments, would be converted to a 12-month residential recovery facility.

It's a largely Latino neighborhood where children play along the dead-end street, according to residents who gave public comment.

They are concerned about the potential for the men’s home to bring crime to the community.

City planning staff is recommending approval based on the condition that the home be limited to 36 men.

There are other group homes in the neighborhood, according to city staff reports.

Councilman George Wangemann noted that both of the Latino members of the planning board were absent and could bring a unique perspective to the proposal when it is heard again next month.

City Council will then likely take up the matter in October.

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