Northglenn and the state come to agreement regarding proposed mental health facility

Northglenn and the state come to agreement regarding proposed mental health facility

Residents of a Northglenn neighborhood recently gathered to celebrate after the city reached an agreement with the state regarding a proposed mental health transitional living home in their area. The facility, located at 11255 and 11275 Grant Drive, had been a point of contention for several community members who expressed concerns about its location and operation. The city’s announcement of the agreement came after weeks of outcry from residents.

In a letter sent out by the City of Northglenn in mid-March, details of the project and the types of patients being considered for the facility, including sex offenders, were outlined. Following this, city staff had a virtual meeting with state officials, and Northglenn Mayor Meredith Leighty also had a separate phone conversation with the state.

As a result of the negotiations between the city and state, the facility will move forward but with some important stipulations. These include not housing sex offenders at the facility, following a 1,000-foot distance requirement from schools in Northglenn, and working with neighbors to install a taller fence behind the property.

One resident, Danielle Luciano, emphasized the importance of community involvement in making a difference in these situations. She noted that the state has agreed to collaborate with residents and the city of Northglenn to address concerns about the facility. The city clarified that this is a two-year pilot program and may consider different criteria after that time, expressing hope that the state will involve the community in any future changes.

While residents are encouraged by the progress made in addressing their concerns, they recognize that more work needs to be done to ensure that the community’s interests are heard and respected. They view this agreement as a positive step in the right direction but acknowledge that continued vigilance and engagement will be necessary moving forward.

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