Critics Sue to Block College Point Homeless Shelter

UPDATE: May 15, 2019, 10:15 a.m.: A group of residents in College Point, Queens, is trying to stop the city from opening a homeless shelter in their neighborhood.

The 20 locals want a judge to put a halt to City Hall’s plan to convert an industrial building at 127-03 20th Avenue into a homeless shelter. They argue that the city did not undertake any environmental or fair-share reviews for the site, according to the petition filed Tuesday in New York County Supreme Court. The residents say the shelter will further strain open space, educational, sewer, water, police and other resources and will alter the character of the neighborhood.

The shelter is part of the city’s “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City” to curb homelessness throughout the five boroughs by replacing existing cluster and hotel housing for homeless individuals with new shelters. The residents’ filing also alleges that this plan was never subjected to an environmental review.

“They can’t just look shelter by shelter for their environmental review but they have to look at the total cumulative impact of the plan,” the residents’ attorney, E. Christopher Murray of the law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, told The Real Deal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.


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