BY JON CRONIN
The Glendale-Middle Village community lost a battle in their lawsuit to petition the city to perform an environmental impact study on the effects of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
The lawsuit was against the city and the Department of Homeless Services. The study was to check the shelter’s effect on traffic, sewer service and nearby schools.
The shelter was initially declared environmentally safe in July of 2014, but the community rallied against the decision stating that the information on the City Environmental Review Technical Manual put out by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability was out of date at the time.
Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5, said the Supreme Court judge on the case deemed the study adequate
Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association said of the recent Supreme Court decision, “The Environmental Assessment that they did was based on inaccurate and old information and therefore the GMVC (Glendale-Middle Village Coalition) was requesting via the lawsuit that a complete Environmental Impact Study be required. There was no downside to the judge granting that request and it would protect the community. It is almost impossible to believe that anyone, let alone a judge, could believe that this type of project would not have a very serious impact on the existing community.” Masi is also working on an appeal of the decision.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said in the past year when inquiring about to the city about how they create something at the site more feasible for a residential community, they’ve told him they couldn’t discuss because of the open lawsuit. Now, he hopes they will be able to have more open discussions.
Before the lawsuit halted progress, the Department of Homeless Services picked Samaritan Village to manage the site and they intended to move forward with the plan to house 125 families with children at this location.
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