- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Residents of an Anchorage neighborhood have come out against a proposed expansion of a small home there for the elderly and physically disabled.

A city zoning board is scheduled to hear an appeal Thursday filed by a resident of the Hillside area subdivision, the Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/GL9Zwr) reported.

The resident, Valerie Waldrop, says the city’s community development department should not have granted permission to Alaska Premium Care to house eight people at its assisted-living facility in the Sahalee neighborhood. Waldrop says an expansion would jeopardize the residential character of the area.

In response to the appeal, the city says the operator of the home and its potential clients would suffer if the five-person limit remains. The community development department defended the variance by saying the home is “nicely landscaped” and blends into the neighborhood.

The community development department granted the zoning variance in February. That same month, residents in the upscale neighborhood voted against the variance by a 79-to-1 vote at a community council meeting.

Jack DeMoss, a registered nurse who is the CEO of Alaska Premium Care, said he was trying to meet the demand of his clients. DeMoss’ company purchased the 5,000-square-foot building with full financing from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and received a license from the state in March to care for elderly clients and people with physical disabilities.

Premium Care runs a similar home in another part of the city. Altogether, there are about 420 assisted-living facilities in Anchorage, said the state’s residential licensing program manager, Craig Baxter. Most of the facilities have space for three to five people.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com