CHANCE, a faith-based entity striving to help people in recovery from drug use, has plans to move into what used to be a popular Italian restaurant in Albany’s downtown.
The organization has applied to the city’s planning division for a “change of use” and site plan review at 231 Lyon St. S.E., at the corner of Third Avenue. The city last week published a notice inviting written public comments by Oct. 12.
I haven’t heard back from CHANCE but understand the organization is negotiating with the property’s Portland owners to buy the building, which for many years housed the Pizza King. That restaurant closed in September 2015. Another business, All Star Pizza, then opened there but now has been closed for a while.
CHANCE operates to help recovering drug users. It offers support groups and helps with job placements, housing assistance, and so forth. In videos on is website, formerly homeless clients recount by means of written flash cards how their lives have turned around because of the group’s help.
The city’s notice says the change of use for which a permit is being sought is from a restaurant to “community service.” Presumably that includes CHANCE’s various counseling and related activities, and making pizza is not part of the mix.