Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A South Hutchinson Planning Board rejected a permit to build housing near Hutchinson for inmates just released from prison.
The board's vote came after more than 100 residents attended a meeting Monday night to discuss the proposal to build the housing just west of Hutchinson. Those attending spoke in favor and against the proposal.
The planning board's recommendation goes to the city council, which will vote on the issue Aug. 20.
Prairie Lighthouse Inc., a nonprofit group, wants to renovate a closed nursing home into housing and mentor ex-inmates from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Supporters said all the programs would be done on site.
Opponents mostly cited safety concerns and the impact on property values when asking the board to reject the proposal.