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Halfway house plan voted down

BY DANIEL PAXTON dpaxton@paducahsun.com

Plans have stalled on the development of a counseling and housing center for ex-convicts in downtown La Center.

Zach Hodges, president of Good Samaritans of Kentucky Inc., proposed to build a halfway house near the 300 block of Broadway. 

Hodges already owned one lot in the 300 block, and about one month ago asked the La Center City Council to sell him the Old City Hall and an adjacent lot for $1 each for the construction of a halfway house.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the council rejected the sale the two lots.

The meeting drew a crowd of people who protested the halfway home. Hodges attempted to ease the concerns of La Center citizens by emphasizing that residents of the facility would be court-approved and citing studies that showed the benefits of such facilities. The council and Mayor Jamie Hack voted against the proposal.

In an interview Wednesday, Hack said his vote reflected the consensus of residents. More specifically, he  cited a nearby preschool as a reason the proposed location was inappropriate. He further stated he would be against the halfway home being built in any location within the city.

For now, Hodges and his group have no alternative plans.

"Right at the present, we're on hold," he said.

For more information on Good Samaritans of Kentucky Inc., visit www.goodsamaritansofkentuckyinc.com.

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