Hearing Planned For 66-Unit Residence at Cypress Avenue Site

Representative for WellLife (farmers PSCH) will be on hand to convince neighbors and Community Board #5 members to allow a zoning variance to build a 3-story, 66 unit residence for supportive and permanent homeless housing as well as nearly one third of the units for low-income eligible individuals.

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker and Crystal John representing WellLife, pictured here, will speak at the hearing, planned for 7:30Pm at Christ the King HS on Wednesday, November 14th.

The 45,000 square foot planned building at 80-97 Cypress Avenue will include 20 apartments as supportive housing for homeless or at-risk young adults or families with children, according to Tucker. One adult member of the household will have a mental illness or some other disabling condition. Another twenty units will be for seniors at risk of homelessness and also have a disabling condition, while twenty-five units will be designated as affordable, they say, for individuals from the community in an ‘affordable-housing’ lottery. Most of the units will be studio apartments.

They seek a variance in order to build their facility. They are asking for 20% more FAR than allowed, 19 parking spaces as opposed to the 22 that zoning dictates and they are seeking to build 38 feet high near the street line and just under 60 feet high at the setback.

The current building has remained unfinished for more than a decade. Richard Lobel, who is representing WellLife in the variance request maintains that they will demolish the current building in order to build the new one.

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

WellLife rendering

This is a rendering of the planned building.

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Cooper Avenue Shelter Site Files With Buildings Department for Transient Use Yesterday

The part of the application for 78-16 Cooper Avenue which has DHS using the building.

The part of the application for 78-16 Cooper Avenue, which has DHS using the building.

Yesterday, August 23, an amendment to the application for 78-16 Cooper Avenue, Glendale, the site of the proposed four-story homeless shelter, was filed with the Department of Buildings.

It should be noted that a significant change in the Certificate of Occupancy comments states: “This facility will be classified as a lodging house. Sponsored by DHS.” (DHS is the Department of Homeless Services, just in case you haven’t been paying attention).

This August 23rd amendment to the original application on March 10, 2015 is rather disturbing to us.

We were told that the Glendale Coalition, a committee formed by Glendale activists to fight against a “massive” shelter in Glendale, met last night with a plan of action against the use of this property for such a large shelter.

In a category we’re now calling “What are the local politicians doing,” it seems Republican State Senate candidate Slawomir Platta has come up with the most useful way to fight the proposed Glendale shelter.

We give him points, as it was reported in this week’s Glendale Register “Shelter Report.” Platta got more than 4,000 signatures to have a line on the ballot called the “No Homeless Shelter Party.” Brilliant!

It is widely understood that the Glendale community is not opposed to sheltering the homeless in smaller numbers, but having this facility for 200 people is just unreasonable.

Here is the first page of the filings yesterday:

The first page of the application with the buildings Department for 78-16 Cooper Avenue, Glendale Shelter.

The first page of the application with the buildings Department for 78-16 Cooper Avenue, Glendale Shelter.

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