The following was among actions taken at the Jan. 11 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5003.

GROUP HOME SOUGHT -- The council directed its staff to find an alternative site for a group home for troubled teen-age girls in Falls Church, reacting to a Board of Zoning Appeals decision to deny the city's request to operate the program at 407 Little Falls St. in a residential area.

The zoning board denied the city a special use permit to operate the home at the site because of neighbors' concerns that it would be dangerous to the surrounding community.

On Monday, the council asked City Manager Anthony H. Griffin to prepare a list of alternative sites for the home to present to the council at its Feb. 8 meeting. Council members said they would forward the list to various city boards and commissions and hold a public hearing on the matter on March 14.

Earlier this month, Griffin indicated that there are about a dozen possible sites for such a home, including:

A former cosmetology school at 260 W. Broad St.

A small apartment building at 200 E. Broad St.

Both buildings are for sale, Griffin said, but neither has been formally discussed by the staff.