Parents angry halfway house approved near school

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- Liquor stores, strip clubs, and halfway homes. That’s the reality for children walking to school in Mapleton School District.

Now Adams County is looking to add yet another halfway home less than a mile from Welby Montessori Elementary School. District Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio is adamantly against the idea saying, “there are already so many inappropriately placed things in our community.”

The Adams County Planning Commission approved zoning plans for the home that will take over an existing building at 7660 Washington Street. The home will be run by New Jersey based Community Education Centers, Inc., and will house up to 84 women offenders. None of whom would be sex offenders, or arsonists.

If allowed to open, Ciancio says it would be the 13th halfway home within a five mile radius of Mapleton School District. “We would not have opened an elementary school had there been a halfway house open with 84 residents just steps from our school.”

In a written statement, the Adams County Planning Department said the site was approved because, “The applicant…provided information that they could operate the facility in a safe manner.” The Planning Department also surveyed 800 households, and received more than 100 responses. All but a handful were against the home opening.

It’s now up to the County Commissioners to decide if the home should open. That meeting will take place April 30th at 10:00am, and is open to the public.

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