The city is moving forward with a plan to keep a controversial women’s shelter located in the Dutch Kills community open through 2020.
The shelter for 200 women, located in the former Verve Hotel at 40-09 29th Street in Long Island City, was opened for a six-month period under an Emergency Declaration signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on October 4.
The city last week proposed a four-year, $39.5 million contract between the Department of Homeless Services and shelter provider, Acacia Network, that would turn the shelter into a permanent facility.
Dutch Kills Civic Association officials said the proposed contract didn’t come as a surprise to neighborhood residents. Group president, Thea Romano, said the civic anticipated some sort of action by the city as the original six-month contract approached expiration.
Well it's a good thing the community went for that upzoning, otherwise, something as wonderful as this would never have been built there.