A proposed Astoria home for mentally ill homeless adults has provoked a surge of opposition from neighbors who fear it will hinder much-needed development in the isolated community.
Urban Pathways, a nonprofit social services agency, plans to establish a 50-unit supportive housing complex at 27th Ave. and Second St. If it receives state funding, it could open in about two years.
Community leaders said the location was inappropriate because recovering addicts would have easy access to illegal drugs sold at a nearby public housing complex.
[CB1 member Jean Marie] D'Alleva added the project could deter a developer interested in creating waterfront housing a block away.
The board voted 35-1 against supporting the proposed residence.
Housing for mentally ill irks Astoria
City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., in a November 18 letter to Governor David Paterson, said he opposed the $14 million plan for the 50-unit supportive housing residence.
Board 1 Opposes Urban Pathways' Building
Here's an idea...build it next door to his house.
(Pictured is Urban Pathways Executive Director Fred Shack.)