After an unexpectedly strong reaction from concerned residents of the community, Sharper Future has decided not to pursue plans to open a sex offender rehab clinic at 100 Church St.
The organization issued a press release this evening stating:
“Sharper Future has decided to immediately halt efforts to move into 100 Church Street. After Monday evening’s meeting, it is clear that our presence would be divisive for everyone concerned.
Out of respect for the community and the very critical work that we do, we’ve elected to seek an alternative location.”
It was only three weeks ago that we broke the news of Sharper Future's plans to take over the former Out of the Closet location. Since then, the organization has tried to address local residents' concerns about its clients and services, both via a recent interview with Hoodline, and this past Monday at a tense community meeting. However, with so much opposition from the community, and possible new legislation looming that would likely delay the project, it appears that Sharper Future has decided the best path forward is to abandon the plan entirely.
We'll update accordingly with any further developments.