|Ángel Franco/The New York Times|
Patel is owner of the former Quality Inn in Jamaica, which closed last year and became Retreat Inn. This hotel was noted for having been turned into a shelter without warning.
Patel was also behind the hotel controversy at the former Frozen Cup in Bellerose. Here's a gem: "On Dec. 15, one of the hotel developers, Mitesh Patel, told several dozen residents at a community board meeting at the Bellerose Assembly of God Church that he and his partners aimed to create a reputable hotel, not a “hot sheets” establishment." Perhaps not, but the Patels would be perfectly willing to turn it into a homeless shelter.
Just like they did with the Verve Hotel, which has had a litany of documented problems - so many, in fact, that the local police captain publicly complained about them.
run by Acacia Network, just as the one at Maspeth will be.
So there is an existing relationship between this owner, the service provider and the City. What happened at Verve should be reason enough to not enter into another contract with those two.
Interestingly, the above news report stated that last year, there were close to 59,000 people in shelters, and the most recent census on DHS' website says 58,665, so if the numbers are stable then why the city needs to open more shelters anywhere is a good question.
This is simply the old game of real estate owners pocketing government cash and corrupt pols helping them do it. The electeds who foist these disgusting situations upon decent working class neighborhoods should be ashamed. But they never are because they never get sent packing on Election Day.
Isn't it great that the City has a bailout system in place for millionaire hotel developers paid for with our tax dollars? This is classic neoliberalism.
I wrote, "just because it's as-of-right don't make it right" on Curbed way back in 2007 when this shit was being built because we all kind of knew what was coming down the pike.