Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MO - Springfield 'sex offender house' gets 2-month reprieve

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By Jess Rollins

Thirty days ago, the City of Springfield gave residents of 1809 E. Crestview St. exactly 30 days to clear out.

Today, the residents of the home — some sex offenders, some parolees, some drug addicts — are staying put.

An appeal filed today by Recovery Chapel, which operates the so-called group home, has delayed action against the house for at least two more months.

Last month city staffers investigated the halfway house at the urging of neighbors. Many seemed most concerned about the number of residents who appeared on the Greene County sex offender registry.

At the time, there were five. Today, there are two.

During city staffers' investigation of the home, they determined the home did not meet the zoning requirements of a group home.

The director of building development services wrote that the house acts more as a "community corrections facility" than a group home because of the high number of residents on probation and parole.
- Maybe the city needs to open a dictionary and read what a Halfway House is?

The city gave the residents 30 days to move or disband.

But today, a St. Louis-based attorney filed a formal appeal with the city on behalf of Recovery Chapel.

That means enforcement of the 30-day notice will be delayed until the case is heard by the city's Board of Adjustment, a five-member board made of members nominated by the City Manager and appointed by City Council.

The appeal is scheduled to go before the board June 3.

Chaplain Farris Robertson, who has fought the city's action against the Crestview house, confirmed the home continues to operate as usual.

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