Another building is going up along a bustling strip of Broadway in Kingsbridge.
The community was told it would be market-rate housing that would complement a commercial boom in the area.
Then Friday: "The city calls and says, 'We're putting a homeless shelter in there,'" Bronx State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said. "That means we were lied to."
The building developer, the Stagg Group, cut a deal with the city as part of the mayor's plan to house homeless people in their neighborhoods of origin instead of hotels and large shelters.
"Why are you picking on certain neighborhoods where they're middle income or lower income?" one local resident said.
Department of Homeless Services officials said there are 359 people from the area in shelters across the city.
Some of them will be among the 81 families who are now scheduled to move in the area next month.
"There's a lot of residents that are homeowners, they're co-op owners here," one local man said. "For some reason, they may feel that a shelter around here may bring down the value of their property."
Apparently, this isn't the first time the Stagg Group pulled this trick.