City to raze AY homeless shelter

State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and the shelter at 603 Dean Street

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The Department of Buildings filed a demolition permit for an Atlantic Yards building that previously served as a homeless shelter, Brownstoner reported. The city shut down the shelter at 603 Dean Street through eminent domain on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2010, much to the dismay of the predominantly black community the shelter served. The community, led by City Council member Letitia James and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, held a week-long protest and vigil outside the shelter. Montgomery even vowed to “put [herself] on the ground in front of the bulldozer.” We’ll soon know whether she lives up to that promise, but in the meantime it seems the city can’t seem to win with shelters. Neighbors are outraged when it demolishes an old one for new development, and when it develops a new one. [Brownstoner]