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Applicant Withdraws Proposal for Transitional Youth Home in Walton County

The application had received intense opposition from residents in the surrounding community as well as officials in Loganville.

Loganville city officials withdrew a proposed Resolution in support of Loganville residents' opposition to a transitional home for troubled youth Thursday after learning the applicant had withdrawn his proposal. The home was proposed for a property on Hodges Road in Loganville, just outside the city limits.

The Walton County Planning Commission was scheduled to hear the proposal at 6 p.m. Thursday and it was then to go before the Walton County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 8, 2013. Loganville city officials decided at Monday's work session to prepare a resolution voicing opposition to the proposed transitional home. Loganville Police Chief Mike McHugh said the city only found out about a previous one that was actually inside the city limits when a resident or some of the residents perpetrated an armed robbery home invasion on one of the neighbors.

However, after running into strong opposition from residents in the area the application was pulled prior to the meeting, negating the need for the resolution. The home was to have housed troubled youth from the Barrow and Walton County area. It was reported to be a collaboration between the Rev. Bengie Evans and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Part of the rehabilitation process was an education in farming.

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