In a rare reversal, a Bedford Park landlord has halted a process to convert a significant portion of their seven-story building into a shelter, a win for tenants who are celebrating with cautious optimism.
From the Daily News:
A city plan to site temporary housing for the homeless on residential Taylor Ave. in Van Nest has been scuttled, said one official from the local community board. The decision came days after neighbors railed against the shelter at a hearing in Morris Park.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has dropped a proposal to convert some vacant buildings at the former Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens into shelters for the homeless, a senior administration official told POLITICO New York Monday.
State Sen. Tony Avella, whose Queens district includes Creedmoor, said he was assured late last week by the governor’s office that the plan was going nowhere.
One day after Councilman Donovan Richards asked the de Blasio administration to reconsider opening a men's homeless shelter in his Rockaway district, the Department of Homeless Services said it has scrapped the plan.
From the NY Post:
Mayor de Blasio has put the kibosh on a homeless shelter proposed for the Upper West Side, the man pushing the project claims.
Anti-shelter pressure came from local elected officials, including Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a former councilwoman.
From the Queens Chronicle:
It’s official: There will be no city homeless shelter in Bayside. City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reports that he was officially notified by the Department of Homeless Services that the plan to put one there, announced in October, has been taken off the table.