Plan for a new home for troubled teens in the BX being met with opposition

Plans to put a home for troubled teens on Westchester Avenue is drawing criticism.

The Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth wants to turn a two-story house into a home for eight troubled teens. But some merchants say the area around Westchester Square is saturated with 12 social service programs already. They say there are three teen group homes, a drug treatment clinic and a mental health clinic all within blocks of each other.

Berkshire officials say the house was chosen because its structure is ideal for making renovations. They say the group home will have 12 full-time staff members with at least two on duty at all times.Still opponents fear the teens will end up causing trouble.

Right now, Berkshire is under contract to buy the property. Business owners say they hope to convince state lawmakers to block any funding Berkshire might receive.

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