Colusa Support Services will be leaving their home in the Old China District on Main Street for a residential neighborhood on Seventh St.
The Colusa Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit on March 13 for Tracey Herrick, the program’s longtime operator, to open the day facility at the 538 Seventh St. for up to 20 adults with developmental disabilities.
The home, previously a single family dwelling, will be converted into a multi-room activity center – on a spacious corner lot – and will be open from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.
Herrick said she hopes to be operating out of the Seventh St. home by the end of March as the owner of the Main Street property has been sold to another owner.
“Although the new location is a residential area, I believe that a home setting – rather than a commercial setting – better addresses the needs of the clients I serve,” Herrick told the Planning Commision on March 13.
Colusa Support Services has been in operation since 2002, and is designed to help adults with developmental delays or disabilities integrate into the community.
Like the Main Street facility, the Seventh Street home will be within walking distance to the library, parks, fire department, stores and other downtown locations.
“We typically gather every morning and then we disperse,” Herrick said. “Most of the time we are not all there at the same time.”
A home setting, however, will allow the adults to learn a variety of other life skills, such as cooking and gardening, which were activities not available at the commercial location.
Herrick said none of her clients drive and most will be dropped off at the new location by Colusa County Transit. Others will be within walking distance to their homes.
Herrick said Colusa Support Services has a track record of success. Many of her previous clients are now living and working on their own in the community.
“Some of them just needed that extra push to become successful,” she said.
Planning Commissioner Ken Flagor, Jr. said the Seventh Street location should be a good fit for the program, and that Herrick has done a great job with the individuals she serves.
“It’s a great service to the community,” he said.
The Planning Commission, following a public hearing last Wednesday, found the facility is consistent with the land use goals and policies of the city’s General Plan, and that it complies with the municipal code in that it will not be detrimental to the health, safety, peace, and general welfare of the people residing or working in the area.
The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act. ■