24 Hour Residential Facility Requesting a Special Use Permit in the Home Park Neighborhood

The facility will provide living space for up to eight individuals and will be staffed around the clock by four people.
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Last month, plans were submitted to the City of Atlanta to consider a special use permit allowing for the conversion of a four-bedroom home into a personal care home facility in the  Home Park Neighborhood for an indefinite period of time on behalf of the Mattie Colley Foundation for Education.

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Neighborhood Planning Unit-E will be reviewing the request for the special permit for the project located at 504 Calhoun Street NW during their December 7th meeting. The Zoning Review Board will also review the proposal on January 6 or January 13, 2022.

According to the application submitted by Rahhshahun Colley, who is identified as a Key Principle for the organization according to Dun & Bradstreet, the facility will be open 24-hours with clients living their lives while working and going to school during the day. The facility will house six to eight clients with the age groups considered either children ages 6-17 or adults between 18-85.

It is anticipated that there will be four employees, each working one of two shifts each day. Employee parking will be accommodated with the existing driveway space or on the public street abutting the property. It is not anticipated that City extraordinary services are needed. Any deliveries made to the site will be from a personal vehicle.

According to the Mattie Colley Foundation for Education website, the organization is a community agency providing an environment where children can grow. As described, their facilities provide a safe and nurturing environment committed to delivering high-quality client-centered 24-hour residential home care services. In addition, the mission and vision of their organization include “keeping our youth’s health, quality of life and well-being central in the design and delivery of services.”

Treating and interacting with respect, dignity, compassion, empathy, honesty, and integrity while recognizing and maintaining the confidentiality of our youth in a nurturing environment that encourages personal enjoyment and growth.” According to Dun & Bradstreet, the Mattie Collie Foundation for Education was started in 2016 in Killeen, Texas, and is part of the grantmaking and giving services industry.

The Foundation was registered on February 9, 2021, as a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Georgia.

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Dr. Anita Archambeau

Anita Archambeau, DPA AICP, is a freelance writer, adjunct professor, and consulting urban planner. She has over 25 years of community and economic development experience in local government. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring local craft breweries, walking her two beagles, or traveling to visit her adult children living in New York City and Minneapolis.

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