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Williamsburg administrator objects to proposed group home

Williamsburg administrator objects to proposed group home

WILLIAMSBURG — The city's top administrator is objecting to a proposal that would place a group home for the mentally ill in a residential neighborhood near Walshingham Academy.

City Manager Marvin Collins wrote in a Aug. 25 letter to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services that his primary concern about the proposal is its location within a single-family home near the school.

The group home planned for 101 Woodmere Drive is less than 500 feet from Walshingham Academy and would house mentally ill patients who are clients of Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, according to Collins' letter to the state.

The Hampton-Newport News Community...