A proposal to turn a historic former fire station on Beacon Street in Newton’s Waban section into studio apartments for chronically homeless people has drawn sharp criticism from neighborhood residents, who say the facility would bring a bad element that would put their children in danger and fracture the calm of their quiet village.
“We live in a community where our kids walk to school, they walk to get ice cream or go to the deli. And I want to know why we shouldn’t be worried about our kids walking on their own through the community” if the housing proposal is approved, Jill Balmuth said Thursday night during a packed public meeting in the Waban Library Center. The tenants, Balmuth said to a round of applause, “are not gonna be accepted in this community. So I’m not sure it’s not fair on either side.”