Carroll Gardens pols fight proposed homeless shelter

New York /
Oct.October 16, 2013 06:22 PM

A push to get a men’s homeless shelter in a vacant Carroll Gardens building has residents in an uproar.

Mayor Bloomberg, they say, is rushing to get the proposal, which would turn a 10-unit building at 165 West Ninth Street into a shelter for 170 adult men, pushed through before he leaves office.

“They are trying to get it through before they are done to ink it for a lot of years,” City Council member Brad Lander told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The city Department of Buildings found several issues with zoning, building codes and multiple dwellings law in a May 2013 audit, but later dismissed all but one of the violations. Lander, along with state Senator Velmanette Montgomery and state Assembly member Joan Millman, have since filed a Freedom of Information Law request for the documents related to the audit.

The building, which stretches seven stories and is currently owned by Tunnel Condos LLC, according to city records, was built ten years ago and originally pegged for luxury condominiums. The dwellings were never completed and after Hurricane Sandy, 120 homeless veterans temporarily took up residence, departing ten days later. [Brooklyn Eagle]Julie Strickland


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