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AGENCY'S HOUSING PLAN FACES SCRUTINY IN LACKAWANNA

Lackawanna City Council members want to join with neighborhood residents and officials of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled to explore the agency's plan to use a six-apartment building at 260 Victory Ave. to house six adults who are developmentally disabled.

This week, the Council voted unanimously to file an objection to the plan, but City Attorney Patricia Deren warned that the Council has little chance of success.

"I don't necessarily think you are going to prevail," Deren said.

Mark R. Foley, agency president, notified the mayor in a letter dated Aug. 16 that the facility will occupy the existing apartment building.

The notice was presented to the Council on Monday, and Deren said the Council can offer alternative sites or object on the basis of impact on the surrounding community or oversaturation of residential facilities.

Foley's letter advised Mayor John J. Kuryak that an alternative site would have to be comparable to the Victory Avenue building.

"Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled is anxious to work closely with you and your constituents in the spirit of the law to allow individuals with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities to live in a normal setting," Foley said.

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