Study shows very little about Glendale shelter site
by By Jason Cohen
Feb 05, 2014 | 680 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After much anger and discontent about the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, an agency performed an environmental study last August.

The study, which was done by Toxics Targeting, revealed the site has a registered tank, is a petroleum bulk storage site and an inactive hazardous waste disposal registry site. It contains no other information about the site.

While the site formerly made airplane parts, Environmental Consultant Hiram Rothkrug said machine shops generally aren't associated with radioactive materials.

Lisa Black, assistant commissioner for Government and Community Relations for the Department of Homeless Services, said they are still in negotiations with the provider and an environmental study will not take place until negotiations are complete.

Elected officials and neighbors have spoken out against the city’s plan to spend up to $27.5 million transforming a vacant sewing mill and airplane part manufacturing factory into a shelter and operating it for five years. They argued that putting money into a residential building closer to subway lines, service providers and jobs would be a wiser investment. The Cooper Avenue building is about 1.3 miles from the M train.

DHS said many of the community’s concerns were premature because the department would treat the $27.5 million as the cap in price negotiations with Samaritan Village. If the department and nonprofit reach an agreement, the city would invest money in studies gauging how the shelter would affect the environment and infrastructure.

DHS would present the contract to the comptroller for approval if such tests show a transitional housing facility could function at that location.

After Samaritan Village notified CB5 over the summer that it aimed to operate a shelter in the building, outraged community members have held numerous protests against the plan and argued that the facility would overwhelm the area’s already crowded schools and pose safety concerns for nearby homes and businesses because it could potentially house sex offenders.

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