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Fayetteville Residents Protest Plans To Put Group Home In Neighborhood

Posted August 28, 2001 12:42 p.m. EDT

— Members of a Fayetteville community are protesting plans to put a group home in their neighborhood.

In Monday night's city council meeting, council members passed a resolution to ask the state for more control over group homes. The resolution is in response to a developer's plans to put a group home for teenage sex offenders in the Greenwood community.

"We would like to see it stay as quiet and unthreatening as it always has been," says resident Colleen Brock who opposes the project. "It just doesn't sound like something you would want close to you and close to schools."

City councilman Don Talbot says this is not a new idea, but he did admit a

stabbing incident

earlier this month at an Arbor Road group home has called more attention to the issue.

"We want them to officially know we're concerned. We're asking the county to join with us and to look at the whole group home situation," he says.

Fayetteville has the highest ratio of group homes to population of any city in the state.