THE OPENING OF A HALFWAY HOUSE IN THE WESTVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD
HAS RESIDENTS CRYING FOUL.
OPERATED BY OPEN GATE.
OPENED ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO ON NORTH DRUMHELLER STREET
IN NORTH SPOKANE.
WE WOULDN'T BE DOING THIS STORY IF IT WASN'T FOR A
TIP FROM A VIEWER.
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA IS WORKING 4 YOU.
HE SPOKE WITH NEIGHBORS AND A RESIDENT WHO LIVES THERE.
HE JOINS US NOW LIVE WITH MORE.
NADINE SURPRISED MIGHT BE A GOOD WORD TO DESCRIBE
HOW RESIDENTS OF THE WESTVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD FELT WHEN
THEY DISCOVERED OPEN GATE HAD STARTED A POST INCARCERATION
TRANSITIONAL HOME IN THE AREA OF HALFWAY HOUSE.
THEY'VE ORGANIZED TO MOVE THE HOME FROM THE AREA BUT
THAT TOO HAS RESIDENTS OF THAT HALFWAY HOUSE CALLING
FOUL AS WELL.
WHITE PICKET FENCES, WELL MAINTAINED LAWNS, WELCOME
WESTVIEW HAS IT ALL.
Because it's quiet, it's safe and you can trust having
you kids out on the street,
BUT IT ALSO HAS ONE MORE AMMENITY.
AN OPEN GATE HALFWAY HOUSE FOR NEWLY RELEASED PRISON
I'd like to see the agency do fine but not in our
JOHN AND JAN PRIDDY JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THE HOME.
ALONG WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT LIVING
NEAR CONVICTED FELONS.
Kids, the school a block and a half away and property
FELONS LIKE VETERAN GARNET SMITH WHO CURRENTLY STAYS
AT THE HOME WITH SIX OTHERS AND A PROGRAM DIRECTOR.
I love my country and I want to serve,
ADMITTEDLY SMITH SAYS HE MADE MISTAKES.
Sometimes it's not a matter of starting over it's
a matter of getting on and I'm just trying to get
on with my life and do something better than I did
BUT SAYS WITHOUT OPEN GATE HE'D BEEN LOST.
Under a bridge, you know?
NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WERE BLIND SIDED BY THE OPENING
OF THE HOME AND ACCORDING TO CITY CODE ANYONE OPERATING
THIS TYPE OF HOUSING SHOULD APPLY FOR A CONDITIONAL
WHICH WOULD HAVE FACILITATED A PUBLIC HEARING.
THE CITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THAT'S SOMETHING THEY SHOULD
HAVE DONE BUT DIDN'T.
So the CUP has not been determined at this time.
It's under investigation based on the notification
we've received today,
OPEN GATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TERRI MAYER SAYS EVERYONE
IN THE HOME HAS BEEN EVALUATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS AND APPROVED TO LIVE AT THAT LOCATION.
We don't take sex offenders, we dont' take arson and
we don't take manufacturing drugs,
BUT RESIDENTS SAY IT'S A MATTER OF TRUSTING YOUR NEIGHBOR.
OPEN GATE HAS INVITED RESIDENT TO AN OPEN HOUSE HERE
AT THE NORTHWEST COP SHOP ON WEDNESDAY AT WHERE THE
NEIGHBORHOOD CAN MEET THE RESIDENTS AND VERBALIZE
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