At anytime during the "talks" with Keep Cranston Safe group and other officials I wonder if new sex offender housing has been considered at this vacant building, which was the former Boy Scouts Lodge, 175 Broad St., Providence (across from Crossroad Shelter) ever been considered?
The property is noted here: http://www.artinruins.com/arch/?id=decay&pr=175broadst in Urban Decay, as it is in decent shape, but it clearly has been unoccupied for years, and a “For Lease” and “Will Build to Suit“ sign placed outside the building from Paolino Properties indicates that the structure itself may not be long for this world. It’s location is prime, right on the edge of the highway and Service Road Seven, near the downtown core. After talking again with Mr. Albert Melikian (President, Crime Watch Glen Woods), about this building and the potential rehab of it, it seems to us it will be less costly that that of the McDonald house at the ACI. Not to mention, it would be out of our City.
They are considering placement in another facility at the ACI, the McDonald House, which will continue to further burden to our community. As it is, the current Sex Offenders are made to leave at 7 AM and return by 7PM to Harrington Hall. S.O.'s are encouraged to go the the Providene Crossroads during the morning for breakfast etc. So, wouldn't it make sense to suggest this location???
Another alternative could be Ladd School in Execte, RI?? http://www.opacity.us/site80_the_ladd_school.htm We just assert that these options would be better suited for our community.
NOTE: Senator Hanna Gallo put in Legislation after I went to her asking for a buffer zone where children are abundant, such as: Schools, Daycare Centers, Playgrounds, Libraries etc. The initial pitch was for 2,000 square feet (consistent with average being 1,500 sf around the country), and was watered down to 300 sf. Why? Oh, we were told that Rhode Island is a small state and therefore S.O.'s don't have many places to roam and live. I ask you, if you had an alcoholic, would you have him reside in a liquor store? Now the ACLU is suing over this buffer. WTHeck!
Let's NOT take this quietly while they do their back room dealings. If you have been unable to call the Governor on this, you can come to the Glen Woods Crime Prevention - Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM at Glen Hills Elementary School. This is for ALL of Cranston. The discussion highlights will also add emphasis to break-in's being up all over the City. Bring support by coming to this meeting.