Group home proposed in Harbor Heights

Sarah Wall-Bollinger of Enable discussed plans for a group home to be built at 25 Commane Road in Harbor Heights. The home will house four women, all of who use wheelchairs and have significant disabilities, and will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"They'll never be left alone," Wall-Bollinger said.

Funded through state funds, construction of the home is scheduled to begin in the fall and should be completed by spring. It will be designed with off-street parking and will have extra wide hallways to enable the women to maneuver around the home with ease.

"This home is designed specifically for these girls and specialized for their disabilities," Wall-Bollinger said, noting that Enable operates nine other group homes in Onondaga County, none of which have ever had any problems with neighbors. Councilor Howard Tupper, who also served as a Baldwinsville trustee, added that there were similar group homes in the village and he never recalled a problem with any of those homes.

Wall-Bollinger also noted that the home wouldn't change into a halfway house because of where the finances are coming from.

A public hearing regarding permission to build the home at 25 Commane Road will be held at 7:32 p.m. Sept. 15, at which point Enable will discuss the details.

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