Our personal safety, peace of mind, and property value are under threat.
My wife and I have been repeated victims of drug-related crime. We moved to our tranquil home here several years ago to get away from crime and drugs in the city. To me, recidivism is a visceral threat, not just an intellectual statistic. That’s why I am so disappointed that our elected officials didn’t ask for input from us before they supported placing this program here.
I don’t oppose effective drug abuse treatment programs or effective prison re-entry programs. I do oppose the ill-considered decision to place a drug abuse treatment program and a prison re-entry program at 4185 Kirkwood St Georges Rd. I am concerned by the complete lack of community outreach, before or after the politically well-attended ribbon cutting and tour of the facility. The decision to operate a heavy construction equipment training program at this suburban residential location as part of the re-entry program is a clear red flag that the responsible parties are not acting responsibly. This leads me to question the motives and abilities of the operators and political supporters who brought this program to our neighborhood. Wouldn’t a controlled access industrial park be a more appropriate setting with far less impact on neighbors’ security and property value and with access to existing public transportation? What possibly motivated the selection of this particular location over all others? Let’s follow the money (our tax dollars) and see where it takes us.
Please use this website as a starting point to prepare yourself for the challenges we will face together. This is only the beginning. We are the tip of the spear and The Refuge is the tip of the iceberg. Your active participation is urgently needed.
We, the neighbors, initiated the first meeting about The Refuge with our elected officials. It was held on July 2, 2019 at the Delaware City Public Library and was attended by over 60 residents. We need even more neighbors to speak up.
If you value your personal safety, peace of mind, and property value, please join your neighbors in our common goal to move The Refuge.
I will not be collateral damage. Tell our elected officials that you won’t be either. Call or email each of them today. Find out who represents our interests and who does not. There’s plenty of time to resolve this issue before the 2020 primary and general elections, so you’ll know who needs thanking and who needs time off for self-reflection.
2677 McCoy Rd