Public notice: A letter from State Rep. John Taylor Re: 2121 Wheatsheaf Lane

The Rep. says he can­not sup­port a pro­pos­al for a re-entry "halfway house" fa­cil­ity on the out­skirts of Port Rich­mond.

2121 Wheat­sheaf Lane, where the Kin­tock Group will build its headquar­ters. It could one day be­come a halfway house. SAM NE­W­HOUSE / STAR PHOTO

[Ed. note: For more on this story, check here .]

To: Mr. Dav­id D. Fawkner, Chair­man

The Kin­tock Group

Au­gust 5, 2013

Dear Mr. Fawkner:

It was a pleas­ure meet­ing with you, Ms. De­Barri, Ms. Os­teen and Rep­res­ent­at­ive Di­Gir­o­lamo on Ju­ly 31, 2013 about your in­terest in open­ing a new Kin­tock fa­cil­ity at 2121 Wheat­sheaf Lane, Phil­adelphia, which falls in my Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict. 

I ap­pre­ci­ate the work that Kin­tock does to help troubled male and fe­male of­fend­ers be­gin their trans­ition back in­to the com­munity.

Dur­ing our dis­cus­sion, I made note of the fol­low­ing:

1. Some twenty or so years ago, when com­munity cor­rec­tions came in­to ex­ist­ence in Pennsylvania, I agreed to not op­pose your fa­cil­ity at 301 E. Erie Av­en­ue. I men­tioned to you that I rep­res­ent the Ju­ni­ata com­munity that is closest to that fa­cil­ity and that I have an of­fice a few blocks away.

2. I did not op­pose the Erie av­en­ue fa­cil­ity un­der the con­di­tion that do­ing so would mean that my area would ab­sorb our fair share of this type of fa­cil­ity that, frankly, no one wants in their neigh­bor­hood.

3. Fur­ther­more, I men­tioned to you that I was em­phat­ic with the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions that, due to the com­munity’s co­oper­a­tion on the Erie Av­en­ue site, no oth­er fa­cil­it­ies of this type would be placed in my dis­trict oth­er than at the Erie Av­en­ue loc­a­tion.

4. Neigh­bors and com­munity groups were con­cerned about the spot zon­ing that took place and that they found out about it in the news­pa­per.

S. The com­munity groups near your pro­posed loc­a­tion at Wheat­sheaf Lane met and were in op­pos­i­tion.

6. I agreed to per­son­ally look at the fa­cil­ity and met you and Ms. De­Barri there on Ju­ly 31 along with my Dis­trict Of­fice Man­ager, Marc Collazzo.

7. I agreed to tour your Erie Av­en­ue fa­cil­ity.

8. I dis­cussed the fact that I will need to re­port these dis­cus­sions and my view of the fa­cil­ity and the pro­pos­al with my con­stitu­ents and com­munity groups.

I hope this ac­cur­ately re­flects what we talked about at our meet­ing. We con­cluded our meet­ing with me in­form­ing you that, at this time, I cer­tainly could not sup­port ad­di­tion­al bedsbe­ing built at the Wheat­shea­fLane fa­cil­ity.

I would sup­port the use of that build­ing for ad­min­is­trat­ive of­fices but you replied that it would not make sense for Kin­tock to pur­sue the pro­pos­al merely for that pur­pose.

Ac­cord­ingly, I can­not sup­port your pro­pos­al at this time and can­not ex­press said ap­proval­from my con­stitu­ents. However, I would be happy to sched­ule a vis­it to your Erie Av­en­ue loc­a­tion to re­view its op­er­a­tions and the ser­vices that it provides.

Should you have any ques­tions or con­cerns, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact me. Thank you for your time and at­ten­tion to this mat­ter.


John Taylor, 

State Rep­res­ent­at­ive, 177th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict ••

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