No hotel for Bellevue

April 16, 2010 12:57PM

There won’t be any out-of-towners checking into Bellevue anytime soon, according to the Observer, after officials put the kibosh on plans to transform the one-time psychiatric facility at 462 First Avenue between 26th and 28th streets into a hotel and conference center. The homeless shelter currently in place at the Bellevue site has been decried by community advocates as sub-standard, and Representative Carolyn Maloney said that the failure of the hotel plan should not deter other development. “It is unfortunate that the Department of Homeless Services failed to come up with a concrete plan for replacing the men’s shelter, but we should now work together to develop such a plan,” Maloney said.  “Right now, the Bellevue building is in terrible shape and we should not continue to house vulnerable populations there.”


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