Hale foundation and neighborhood still in standoff, no action taken by Augusta Commission

Hale foundation and neighborhood still in standoff, no action taken by Augusta Commission
Hale Foundation rehab facility plans (Source: Jasmine Anderson)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It’s back to the drawing board for The Hale Foundation and people who don’t want a rehab facility in their neighborhood. No action will be taken on the matter at this time.

A motion to deny the Hale Foundation’s request for a special exception to open a rehab facility in Green Meadows failed 4 to 6. This happened Tuesday in a special meeting to discuss the agenda item continued from March.

The planning commission previously rejected the facility’s plans. Residents were hoping commissioners would follow suit.

“It’s a big disappointment that we’ve got to start all over again. So, I’d like to see Green Meadows stick together and continue to fight an uphill battle to make sure that we do not have the rehab in our neighborhood,” says longtime Green Meadows resident Benny Holmes. “If we are to get this approved, the commissioners have indicated they’d like to see alternative access. We’re working on different alternative access points to this property, as opposed to coming through the neighborhood.”

Dozens of people from both sides packed the council chambers; 48 are opposed to zoning and 23 are in support.

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