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Plan for adult day care dropped after opposition Mount Airy couple withdraws application for Taylorsville facility


A Mount Airy couple has abandoned plans to open an adult day care facility in Taylorsville, after nearby residents opposed the project.

Charles and Linda Smith yesterday withdrew their application before the county Board of Zoning Appeals, which had scheduled a public hearing on the proposal.

About 50 opponents had turned out to testify against the project.

The Smiths had planned to provide adult day care services for up to 10 clients and domiciliary, or live-in care, for five clients at a home on Route 27 near Sams Creek Road.

According to literature about the facility, it would have served the elderly and adult clients over 16 who required assistance with their daily activities due to physical or mental impairments.

The Smiths could not be reached for comment about their decision to withdraw their proposal.

Taylorsville residents who opposed the home said they were concerned about traffic, the impact on property values, the demand on water use and the safety of the neighborhood.

"If it was just a house for the elderly who needed some day care that would be fine," said Dan Bickish, whose home is a block from where the facility would have been.

"But this sounds like something that could be a threat to my widowed neighbor," Mr. Bickish said.

Hilary Brust, who organized the opposition to the adult day care facility, said the county health department could not give him a specific definition of "mental impairment."

"It could mean anything from low IQ to the criminally insane," Mr. Brust said. "I wanted to know who could I expect to be in my back yard."

In addition to security concerns, Mr. Brust said the site of the proposed facility, at 3839 Ridge Road (Route 27), is near a dangerous intersection at Sams Creek Road and Route 27.

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