What’s not clear at first glance is that the location would have to be re-zoned. Below is one neighbor that is gathering support to oppose those re-zoning efforts.
Today I received a call from the Richmond Zoning Administrator, William Davidson as well as the Secretary for the Board of Zoning Appeals, Roy Benbow. They had some disturbing news.
It appears that the Richmond City of Behavioral Health has purchased the property at 4405 Forest Hill Ave (formerly Dr. Zambrana’s Family Medical Practice). They intend to use it as a transitory residential crisis facility – meaning that the average stay would be somewhere around 3-5 days.
The Zoning Administrator is contesting this use as it violates the underlying zoning for the property – R4 single family. Richmond Behavioral Health is of course appealing that decision.
I too believe that such a facility would be in violation of the zoning ordinance. I believe that the transitory nature of the facility will only serve to erode the character and stability of our neighborhood. So, I am reaching out to you, my neighbors, to join the city and me in opposing this facility.
There will be a meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals on May 1, 2013 at 1pm at 900 East Broad St, 5th floor conference room to decide on the matter.
Neighbors within 150 feet of 4405 Forest Hill Ave. will be receiving by mail a notification from the city outlining the situation. For those that live outside that ½ block +/- zone, I encourage you to also make your voices heard.
In the meanwhile, I will be contacting our Councilwoman, Kathy Graziano, as well as the heads of the Forest Hill, Westover Hills and Woodland Heights Neighborhood Associations to be sure that they are also aware of these plans and my opposition to it. I encourage you to do the same.