Plans for a group home in South Louisville draw disappointment from homeowners

Safety concerns over group home development

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The home at 3735 Lentz Avenue, to the west of Wyandotte Park, sits empty for now.

 

However, it could soon be home to a group of troubled teens looking to turn their lives around.  But, some nearby homeowners aren't ready to offer a warm welcome.

 

"I'm concerned that you're going to bring troubled teens into the area that already has problems and it might not be the best fit for that reason," said Michael Duncan.

 

He lives down the street and says break-ins are a constant problem.  A crime map shows there's been at least six larcenies within the past month around his home.

 

"I'm not against the kids in anyway. I'm just afraid of the area and the situation," he told WHAS11.

 

The CEO of the Louisville non-profit A Future in H.O.P.E.: Youth Services Inc wants to turn the property into a group home for five teenage boys who are in state care.

 

It's his hope to offer them mentoring and in home therapy.  "Never should one person be counted out because they come from a toxic or negative environment.  Because we have the ability to change and if you change the environment around you, you as a person will change," said Michael McCloud.

 

He says the home would house up to five teenagers - and no more.  They would be supervised by trained staff.  McCloud says he's just asking for a chance.

 

"These kids would be the kids that we want to focus on because we have kids who end up in higher levels of care simply becase there is no group homes that take in these kinds of kids."

 

For Duncan, he worries about the what-ifs and hopes a new solution can be found to move the teens into a neighborhood that's not constantly under the eye of police.

 

"I'm very leary that the kids could fall into already established problems here.  And, it wouldn't be good for the kids," he said.

 

McCloud will meet with people in the Jacobs neighborhood Saturday afternoon for a community discussion about the plans for the group home.


It will be at the Beechmont Community Center from noon to 1:30pm.


This still needs approval from the city's planning commission.  A decision is expected early next year.

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