Foster home headed to industrial park?

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By Cindy Simpson


A foster home in the Roane County Industrial Park sounds a little like a Charles Dickens’ book plot, but a company is looking to do just that.

Omni Visions Inc. is in the early stages of procuring property in the industrial park.

“Omni Visions, a Tennessee-based company with a 22-year history of working with at-risk youth, has identified a need for a residential treatment facility in the Roane County area and is in the early stages of securing the necessary property for this purpose,” the company said in a statement released through The Roane Alliance President Leslie Henderson.

“In addition to the capital investment, the project will generate between 80-100 new jobs with annual pay ranges of between $20,000- $40,000,” the statement continued. Omni anticipates opening the facility in late 2014.”

Roane County Planning Commission mentioned the proposed facility last month, but no site plans or any other proposals were ready to be presented at the time.

The home will have 50-60 rooms and an indoor gym.

It will be an intermediate facility for children in the court system before the courts either return them to their families or on to foster parents, officials said.

It will be in a former industrial building on Cardiff Valley Road.

The Roane County Industrial Board approved the location. Community Planner Midge Jessimon recommended rezoning the property even though it would technically be spot zoning.