Neighbors concerned about new house for former juvenile offenders

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Plans have been announced to move six men from the Long Creek Youth Development Center to a home in Westbrook.

Some residents on the street say they're disgusted after finding their new neighbors will be former juvenile offenders between the ages of 18 and 21.

Michael Fusco says he's lived on State Street for more than 30 years.

He's concerned about the safety of his grandchildren that live with him, a 16-year-old girl and two young boys.

"Nobody came down to State Street and say, ‘Hey, how would you feel about this?’ so you know, I'm not gonna be the same," Fusco said.

Many residents want answers from the city. CBS 13 spoke with city administrator Jerre Bryant, and he says it’s out of their hands.

"What we can do is quite limited,” Bryant said. “That’s why when we become aware of a project like this we immediately say we'd really like you to notify the neighborhood you're going to be develop, moving into and hold a neighborhood meeting."

The people in charge of the transition home say there will be round-the-clock surveillance.

The men will be required to get jobs, and begin higher education. They don’t have a set opening date for the home, and are still deciding who gets to move in.

A meeting has been scheduled for March 21 in order to address the concerns of these neighbors.