Batshaw tries to reassure Beaconsfield residents
Beaconsfield residents concerned about the construction of a new Batshaw youth and family services facility in their neighbourhood don't have anything to fear, according to the organization.
Batshaw officials tried to reassure West Islanders at an information meeting last night.
They wanted residents to know that the proposed facility won't put anyone at risk or harm property values.
Facility clients are mostly kids from troubled homes, not those who have been in trouble with the law.
"[They're] clients who have suffered problems of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, and have behaviors that result from the trauma that they've experienced in their lives." says Batshaw's executive director Margaret Douek.
Others voiced concerns about architecture and infrastructure. Construction of the new facility could begin as early as August.