Here we have the building where Sen. Vince Fumo will stay now that he’s getting out of prison. The Kintock Group halfway house is such a bland building, it could have been built in the 1950s or 2010–it’s hard to say. It may be a step up from prison, but the neighborhood is probably not as good. Kintock is at 301 E. Erie Avenue, and as the photo demonstrates, it’s pretty desolate ’round those parts.
It’s a shame (for him) that Fumo can’t go back to his 29-room mansion in the Art Museum area on its loveliest street for his halfway house incarceration. He tried to sell the home, but it languished on the sale market. First listed at $5.5 million in 2008, it went on and off the market through 2010 at the same price with zero bites. But the IRS pounced on Fumo when he sold it to himself and his son in 2012. Still, the Office of Property Assessment website lists the home’s owner as Philadelphia Archbishop Dennis J. Dougherty, of 1723 Race Street–aka, the Basilica–who passed away in 1951.
The owner of the halfway house where Fumo is going won’t have any of his funny business regarding housing. At the very least, he’s going to have to be tidy, as this excerpt from a Kintock state resident handbook makes clear:
PERSONAL LIVING AREA
You are required to keep the area around your bed clean as part of your community living experience. Morning In-House cleaning begins at 7:30 AM on weekdays and 9:00 AM on the weekends. Evening In-House cleaning begins at 9:00 PM. You are permitted to have three pairs of shoes under your bed (including shower slippers) and any religious items on your chair. White towels and wash cloths may be folded over your chair. An alarm clock may be kept on your desk. Colored towels must be stored inside your locker. In addition, you may have a laundry bag stored under your bed. All windows and windowsills must be wiped down on a daily basis. Baseboards, bed frames, lockers (top and underneath) must be free of dust and dirt at all times. The floors must be cleaned on a daily basis. Ceiling vents mustalso be cleaned on a regular basis. Trash must be taken out twice daily.Failure to properly maintain your living area will result in disciplinary action. You are also expected to clean up after yourself while using all common areas.
Keep it clean, Senator!