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Residents oppose ‘foster care’ plan in Miami Twp. neighborhood; board delays vote

UPDATE @ 7:20 p.m.:

Questions about the site of a proposed group home for teens in a Miami Twp. neighborhood have delayed a decision on the issue.

Residents near the Eckley Boulevard home said it was fewer than 1,500 feet from another group home, which would violate a township guideline for approval. 

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The township’s board of zoning appeals Monday night voted to delay a decision until they can verify the accuracy of that information. 

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The issue will be reconsidered on Aug. 6, according to the township.

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A nonprofit corporation seeking to establish a residential social service facility in Miami Twp. is opposed by neighbors who say it will focus on “foster care.”

Safe Ward Inc. wants to operate the facility — the first of its kind in the township, one resident said — at 2600 Eckley Blvd. to house up to six 12- to 17-year-old boys, township records show.

But neighbors on the residential street have “concern for impact of the neighborhood” by the facility sought by Safe Ward, according to resident Barb Miller.

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Safe Ward, formed in Dayton in 2016, is seeking to a conditional use for “youth to be fostered in a residential group home” on Eckley, which is east of Ohio 741 near Cox Arboretum, according to the agenda for the township’s board of zoning appeals.

The board is set to consider the case tonight. Approval by the BZA could not be overturned by trustees, but could be subject to appeal in Montgomery County court, according to the township.

Safe Ward has provided the township with more than 200 pages of documents outlining policies, including admissions assessments, residents bill of rights, discharge criteria and confiscated weapons from consumers.

But Eckley residents have a number of questions about how the facility will operate, how it is funded and where residents will come from, Miller said.

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“The concern for the neighborhood is we’re not really prepared for our neighborhood to be a testing ground or testing facility for this type” of issue, she said, noting later: “They want to open it up as a foster care facility.”

Tonight’s case is set to be heard by the township BZA at 6 p.m. at 2700 Lyons Road.

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