More than 100 homeless families could be transferred to a former textile mill next to a chemical distributor filled with hydrocloric acid and formaldehyde, the Daily News has learned.
If the proposed shelter is approved by city officials, homeless families would be moved onto Cooper Ave. in Glendale next to the Independent Chemical Corp., which houses a witches brew of chemicals in barrels and tankers inside and outside of the building.
“The fact they are even entertaining this is mind-boggling,” said Juniper Park Civic Association Robert Holden, who showed a reporter barrels in plain sight from 79th Place. “I think that the city — whoever is in charge — never even went back there.”
The mist of hydrochloric acid is known to be corrosive to human tissue and organs.
“This is a very dangerous site,” said Holden. “You’re talking about kids sleeping 10 or 15 yards from a tanker truck filled with dangerous chemicals.”
Juniper Civic has more.