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Longmeadow Residents Concerned Over Possible Group Home Placement

longmeadow homeLONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) – There were several concerns in Longmeadow at the Select Board meeting Monday night as the discussion of a group home being placed in a residential area picked up again.

The property, on 222 Redfern Drive, would be home to four people who suffered brain damage, along with staff members coming and going to help them with their needs.

The home is being rented by a company called “Servicenet” and that company has yet to submit and paperwork stating the actual intentions of the property. Some residents are concerned about the affects it will have on the neighborhood.

“The concern is that it will, number one, place a commercial entity into a one-family residential zone. It will change the overall aesthetics of the building, it will increase parking, traffic and we’re not sure that the use is the proper use, again, a commercial entity going into a residential zone of single family zoned homes,” said Athene Zaleski, who lives nearby the home.

The Select Board has directed the Town Council to look at new information regarding the intended use of the property and come back with a recommendation on whether Servicenet will be issued a certificate of occupancy for that home.

They intend to have a special meeting next week to discuss the issue.

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