Several Middletown residents and local officials met with William Steiner, the man who owns several controversial Levittown group homes.
Steiner, residents and officials on Wednesday discussed a possible agreement that would ease neighbors minds, PhillyBurbs.com reported.
At a meeting last week, about 100 residents came out to protest properties in the Snowball Gate neighborhood that Steiner is converting into group homes and recovery houses.
Residents voiced concerns and cited a summer fire that ripped through one of Steiner’s properties in the 300 block of Frosty Hollow Road. Fire officials discovered that an extension cord started the blaze, which displaced the 14 men who were living in the William Levittown built house.
Steiner has denied township officials, including the fire marshal, to conduct voluntarily inspection of the homes.
Last week, Bucks County Commissioner and Middletown resident Diane Marseglia said she has spoken to Steiner and he was open to the idea of meeting with residents and working on a contract.
By the end of last Thursday’s packed meeting, Board Chairman Pat Mallon announced the talks between the township, residents and Steiner were being set up.
After Wednesday’s meeting, resident Jim Jenca told the website the meeting was a “good first step.” He also expressed that residents still had concerns.
Steiner, according to the article, agreed to let township officials inspect the homes and establish direct contact to each group house manager and Steiner.
If finalized, the agreement would not be legally binding.
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