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New Healy Street Corrections center a concern for the neighbors


KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- Several Kalamazoo Township businesses suddenly find themselves on a street where criminals were not only encouraged but required to travel and the owners are not happy about it.

The opening of the new probation and community correction offices behind the county jail on Healy St. means clients of the parole office, community corrections and probationers and substance abusers walk from the bus stop on Lake St. to the new facility.

They may have appointments with parole officers or be required to take drug or alcohol tests.

The business owners say the facility’s clients also park cars at their operations because they aren’t supposed to be driving, and don’t want to be seen pulling into the parking lot in front of the new Corrections and Visitors Center.

Bob Bushhouse owns a business there. He told Kalamazoo County Commissioners last night that  there is also a school bus stop nearby, and the students intermingle with the parolees.

He says there is no speed limit on Healy, no signs banning parking, no sidewalks. They want Metro Transit to extend the bus route and pick-up and drop off the clients at the front door of the new center.