Program Director Aaik Van Munster did a poor job reassuring her. In evasive testimony, he told Zoner Bill Fitzpatrick that someone convicted of child molestation "would not have a chance." But a half sentence later, he claimed it would be "extremely unlikely."
Parry, who has two toddlers and is pregnant, stated she was "very concerned for my children," but Van Munster insisted these "are free Americans."
Solicitor Mickey Thompson, telling Parry she had an obligation to inform herself, denied a request to continue the matter so other neighbors could come and be heard. That might "prejudice the Applicant," he ruled. But the matter was tabled so Thompson could research the Fair Housing Act.
Expecting the worst, the Parrys returned to the Zoning Hearing Board on August 25. When they left, they could breath a sigh of relief because zoners denied the application unanimously. Bill Fitzpatrick told RHD Attorney Keith Cacciatore that the ZHB decision was on the basis of a self-created hardship with the off-street parking requirements, as well as the use of the building as a lodge. He insisted their denial "was not on the basis of the group home."
The Monocacy Street site is located just one block south of Moravian College and one block west of William Penn Elementary School.