The city approved a permanent contract for the controversial Pan Am shelter on the provider’s fourth try, according to the comptroller’s office.
The $23.8 million contract will allow Samaritan Village to operate the more than 200-room family shelter through June 2017, provided they complete specific construction projects to clear up violations and make improvements, officials said.
Comptroller Scott Stringer had denied the shelter’s three other applications, citing concerns about the safety of the former hotel at 7900 Queens Blvd.
Officials with the comptroller’s office said Samaritan Village had either cleared or presented a plan to clear open violations and other building issues.
Samaritan Village also plans to convert the shelter into a Tier 2 facility, officials said. They would have to present a construction plan for kitchens and an outdoor playground by June 20, 2016, in order to receive all of the contract money.