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Sep 30, 2010 7:16 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Cade Residents Worried About New Facility

The clearing of a piece of land in Cade has residents worried about who may be moving in next door.

Resident Peter Foti says this is what he's heard "a facility that is going to house 150 type of maybe small criminals, we don't know what's coming, but its a training program that releases them back into society."

Foti isn't the only concerned resident. John Hayes said he's heard a, "half way house, detention center--whatever you want to call it. There's going to be some type of criminal living right next door."

Dale Broussard, part owner of the land, said he's hoping the plot of land will be the future home of The Academy of Training Skills of Acadiana.

Broussard explained, "training and jobs and transportation to the jobs for the underprivileged--- the poor, the diversionary people, people from the salvation army."

Brousard said ex-convicts will not be housed at the facility.

"People will be diversionary people-- those who are not convicted but just want a second chance at life, " he said.

Residents still fear the facility will be trouble.

Cade Resident, Derard Hebert, said, " it does make a difference,that's a way of opening the door, and letting them come on in."

Another resident, John Louis added, "why would you want to come in to a quiet community like this and disrupt it."

Parish leaders say no building permits have been issued so far ---- and public hearings still need to be held to determine whether or not the facility will be coming to Cade.

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