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Privacy fears lead council to object to brain injury care unit plans


A community is in an uproar over plans to turn a derelict “eyesore” – property that used to be a filling station – into a specialized brain injury care unit. Residents of Staten island feel the new building will dominate their neighborhood as it would be the only two-story building in the community of bungalows.

A woman living next to the discarded lot spoke out at the meeting. “The site has been an eyesore too long and I don’t object to the idea of the brain injury clinic, but the size of the building would have to be in proportion with the bungalows on either side.”

Because of testimonies like this from the 25 community members who attended the meeting, the planning applications committee unanimously objected to the plans.

Privacy was another issue. The same woman who would live next to the proposed brain clinic already lives across from a nursing home. She fears with the constant egress of new people to two locations would ruin her family’s privacy.

“The plans are just beyond a joke at the moment and I would ask the council to reject them and ask the company to come back with a more suitable plan, like the one accepted in 2005.”

A New York Brain Injury Lawyer looked into the submitted plans and found that planning permission was previously granted for 17 flats; the plans established that the buildings would be about 7m in height. That approval expired in 2009.

The Westchester Lawyer found that the new application is for a building closer to 10m in height at its two-story front. The primary build would be of a square shaped one-story building – with space for gardens in the middle – that would contain 15 bedrooms. This building would be behind a taller front building, which would contain three upstairs treatment rooms and an elevator.

A Taverham county councilor and district councilor for Taverham South backed the objections to the plans but wants to make sure that he definitely supports the building of the brain injury care home. He said: “My clear view on this is that I certainly support the development because the site has been an eyesore and a mess for too long. I also support the principle of the site potentially being used as a brain injury unit, but I don’t support the current design and layout of the plans, they are not suitable.

As New York Brain Injury Law Offices continue to watch the develop of this and other brain injury facilities across the globe, feel free to contact them with any questions you may have concerning brain injury care, compensation or expectations. They’re glad to help.

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