DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Parents with children enrolled in a downtown daycare center met with city leaders Wednesday to voice concern about a proposed apartment building for the homeless being built in an adjacent lot.
The day care center is inside the First Presbyterian Church and serves more than 100 families. A developer wants to build the nearby apartment complex for homeless residents who can pass a screening process.
But parents say they worry drug addicts and sex offenders will be among the residents. They want the development stopped.
“They’re recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and or mental illness and if one of them happens to not take their medication or relapses then they will come out the back door and be face to face with our child,” said Kodi Collins, a parent whose 1-year-old child is enrolled at First Presbyterian.
The church has offered to swap downtown property with the developer, Larry Hamilton, for an alternative site. But Hamilton said the tenants will not be a threat to the children.
“The people will be screened more intensely,” says Hamilton.
The city has asked the developer and parents to negotiate an agreement on a secure design for the project that would satisfy both sides.