Tempe assisted-living home provokes outcry as neighbors fear disruption of quietude

A stormy meeting between residents of Corona del Sol Estates and the owner of an assisted living group home that is soon to be developed in their neighborhood drew a crowd of homeowners to air their qualms. Sparks flew as residents expressed dismay regarding these plans in the upscale South Tempe neighborhood. / Photo Billy Hardiman / Wrangler News

By Joyce Coronel | Wrangler News

“When you buy into a neighborhood and you live this long, you want neighbors. I didn’t build my house to have a business become my neighbor,” says Gwen Mastin as she contemplates the forthcoming assisted living group home to be developed in her South Tempe neighborhood, Corona del Sol Estates.

The quiet, upscale homes situated west of McClintock Drive and south of Warner Road were constructed decades ago when fields of farmland dominated the area.

Mastin and her husband raised their children in the house they built and never imagined a business would spring up next door to them. “This is all about making money,” Mastin says. “What happens if his license—it can be revoked if he doesn’t pay it on time—what happens if this financially doesn’t turn for him?”

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