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Art Johnson

Group homes again drawing concern in Bel Air

The Town of Bel Air has 13 group homes, and five of them are within a two-block radius near Broadway and Franklin Streets, creating a "community killer," one resident said Monday.

A sixth group home in the same area set to open soon will bring the total in town to 14, Rob Hruz, who lives in the first block of East Broadway, told Bel Air town commissioners at their meeting Monday night.

Hruz reiterated his opposition to the proliferation and concentration of those types of facilities – most of them for people recovering from drug and/or alcohol addictions – in a small area. He made similar comments to the commissioners two weeks earlier.