Scarano project now halfway house

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Bushwick residents are riled over the newly opened halfway house for recovering drug addicts at 979 Willoughby Avenue, claiming that the facility will endanger the community and reverse progress made in the neighborhood. The halfway house has opened in what was supposed to be a luxury eight-unit apartment building designed by Robert Scarano, a noted New York City architect who was recently barred from submitting plans to the Department of Buildings. Compounding the residents’ complaints is the fact that the facility is being run by a former felon who spent time behind bars. Although it’s not immediately clear how many tenants are being housed in the building, reports show that the operator has installed bunk beds into units to maximize capacity.

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