CB5 to host hearing on Cooper Ave shelter in October

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Community Board 5 will host a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale on Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

CB5 announced the hearing tonight as it was conducting another public meeting over an animal shelter over in Ridgewood.

The hearing comes after the Department of Homeless Services confirmed longstanding rumors that the former factory site would be used for a shelter instead of a new school for students with disabilities.

The site, run by Yonkers-based nonprofit Westhab, will house 200 single adults, including many of those who were sheltered at the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express.

The shelter is expected to be open by early 2020, DHS officials said.

Meanwhile, the city is expected to open another shelter for 132 homeless families at 16-16 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood by late 2020. CB5 will review this site as well.

The last time CB5 hosted a public hearing about a proposed homeless shelter, this time in Maspeth, nearly 1,000 residents attended to protest the plan.

Protesters turned their backs to DHS Commissioner Steven Banks as he tried to explain the rationale for opening a shelter in the neighborhood.

More than 60 people testified against the proposal, which escalated to nightly protests in front of the hotel.

The October public hearing will likely draw similar ire from residents and some elected officials who have long been weary about how the city handles the homeless population.

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2 thoughts on “CB5 to host hearing on Cooper Ave shelter in October

  • September 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    NYC is being ruined by an current administration. 2 proposed shelters in ridgewood, and a proposed jail in Forest Hills. Who would want to safely raise a family here? There’s been a dramatic increase in home sales in CB5 this summer due to all this. We’re all tired of constantly having to fight the city over these things.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    There is no place for the homeless in our upstanding, hard working neighborhoods here in queens. It makes no sense bringing in these hostile individuals our children must be kept safe the mayor or governor should open their homes and let them live with them
    Keep this trash out of our family oriented communinities.

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