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‘Pressure cooker:’ Neighbors speak out against group home doubling its residents
C-VILLE Weekly Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7 a.m.

The owner of a group home on Park Street is requesting a special-use permit to double the house’s occupancy from eight to 16 girls, but some neighbors, citing the 51 times police have already been called to the house this year, don’t think it’s a good idea.

“Putting 16 troubled girls into one house is like a pressure cooker,” says Jackie Lichtman, who has lived next door to what’s known as the Structured Therapeutic Adolescent Residential Service house for nearly 20 years. For about 15 of those, the residence has existed as a home for at-risk girls between the ages of 13 and 19.

“With eight girls there, it’s not really a problem,” says Lichtman.

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