Quincy City Council denies sober living house operation

Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 10:56 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A plan to establish a sober living facility in Quincy has been denied.

Monday night, the Quincy City Council agreed with the plan commission’s recommendation to deny a special permit to operate a sober living house at 1400 North 8th Street.

This is where the former Washington school is located.

The special permit was submitted by the owner of Little Angels Daycare, which is currently in the building. The owner hoped to move the daycare elsewhere, and run a sober living house at that location.

Council members also denied a request to rezone the property from single and two-family residential to multi-family residential.

Quincy Planning and Development Director Chuck Bevelheimer said that city code requires daycares within 800 feet to approve the operation of a half-way house, which is what the city would consider a sober living facility to be.

He said parents of children and the owners of a nearby home-operated daycare objected to the change.

“The neighbors were opposed to it. The special condition of the special permit was that the daycare had to support it and they did not and thus it got recommended for denial by the planning commission and that was concurred with by the city council tonight,” Bevelheimer said.

He said they can continue to run the daycare that’s currently there, but they can not move forward with operating a sober living house.

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