Philo sets hearing over sale of group home

PHILO — The village will host a special public hearing to discuss a company that serves the developmentally disabled purchasing a home without the village's approval.

Village President Larry Franks reported this week that the Alan G. Ryle Cos. of Developmental Foundations, Residential Developers and Specialized Developments closed on a four-bedroom home on Adams Street on Aug. 12. Neighbors are upset because they have not had an opportunity to ask Ryle questions about the planned group home.

The company's representatives will be invited to attend a hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 4 at the Thelma Melohn Gymnasium in the R.E. Franks Meeting Center.

Village Attorney Paul Hendren said that on July 31, he received a letter from Ryle's attorney stating that under Philo's zoning ordinance, the definition of "single-family residence" would include their group home, and therefore Ryle thought it could move forward without approval.

"I responded to that letter by saying, 'Your conclusion has never been discussed or considered by the (village) board.'"

Hendren noted that under the federal Fair Housing Act, municipalities are limited in the restrictions they can put on homes for the disabled. He was directed to try to find an attorney who specializes in fair-housing issues to represent the village.

 

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