From the Daily News:
Community opposition has torpedoed a proposal to turn a western Queens motel into a full-time shelter for homeless families.
Elected officials and local leaders had urged the city to reject Housing Solutions USA’s proposal to transform the Westway Motor Inn into an around-the-clock shelter. The facility straddles the border of Astoria and East Elmhurst.
The city Department of Homeless Services announced Friday that the agency has no plans to change over the facility.
“The Westway is just not the proper location for a homeless population,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). “The area surrounding it is made up of one- and two-family homes.”
The former hot-sheets motel has been a shelter for years, much to the dismay of the community, local leaders said. Families in need of emergency housing are currently bused to the facility in the evening and they leave in the morning, city officials said.
“This has been an issue for as long as I can remember,” Vallone said. “The solution may be to have somebody buy it and tear it down.”
Vallone said he is working with a developer interested in building homes on the site.