Questions linger over planned Antioch halfway house

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – The public left an Antioch meeting Thursday night with a lot of questions about a possible halfway house.

It was held at Antioch First Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.

The religious group “Men of Valor” wants to build the new transitional halfway housing facility on a 26-acre plot near Blue Hole Road.

A community meeting was held Thursday night to discuss possible issues with the plan but the Men of Valor did not attend.

Nearly 200 community members attended the meeting to discuss their concerns.

“The main concern is safety within close proximity of our schools, neighborhoods, our parks and our greenway”, said Metro Council Member Tanaka Vercher.

“Will that increase our homeless population, will these individuals be out just walking the streets? Where are they actually released to?”

Several neighborhoods would  be right next to the proposed halfway house.

The planning commission is expected to discuss the project at their next meeting on Jan. 14.

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