Plans for Long Lane counseling center get final approval from city of Franklin

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Franklin officials have given the green light for a counseling center to be built on Long Lane.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed annexation and zoning resolutions for The Refuge Center for Counseling during its July 9 meeting. The site’s plan of services and development plan were passed on June 25.

While there were no comments either in support or opposed to the measures during the meeting, the site had to go through a series of contentious public hearings with nearby residents who oppose it because of its proximity to their homes.

The Refuge Center for Counseling will offer professional counseling services on a sliding payment scale, representatives of the center previously told Community Impact Newspaper.

Supporters say additional space will allow the counseling center to serve more people and offer a peaceful environment for therapy. Its current location on South Royal Oaks Boulevard has an extensive waitlist for services, according to Refuge officials.

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