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Residents fighting senior care facility in their neighborhood

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Residents fighting senior care facility in their neighborhood

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Aug 15, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A planned residential senior care facility in a central Valley neighborhood has some of the residents upset.

They want to know why there were not notified about the planned opening and asked Action News to investigate.

Resident John Ogg said he had no idea what was moving in down the street from his home in the Villa Bonita Estates near Spring Mountain and Rainbow until he noticed construction at the site picking up a few weeks ago.

After a little research, he discovered that the home would soon house the Tender Loving Care Senior Residence, an assisted living facility.

Ogg doesn't understand why he and other people in the neighborhood were not notified.

Action News tracked down the owner of the senior residence but he didn't want to go on camera. He told Action News that the facility got all the proper permits for construction and he didn't notify residents because he did not have to.

And he is right. The county does not require such notification.

According to the county, there was never a change to the zoning because state and federal law considers residential care facilities to be single-family homes.

Because of federal fair housing laws, the state's definition of a single-family home specifically allows for residential facilities for groups of up to 10 people with disabilities.

Ogg says that he will continue to fight.

Off is organizing a protest tonight to get the word out.

Tender Loving already runs a similar facility in Las Vegas.

Clark County Commission Susan Brager will be hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Desert Breeze Community Center to answer any questions about the facility.

Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.