Elected officials push for public discourse on shelter
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 09, 2014 | 1250 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Site for proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue
Site for proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue
Politicians say now is the time to discuss the $27 million proposal to convert an abandoned 51,000-square-foot industrial facility in Glendale into a homeless shelter.

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is proceeding with the environmental impact study (EIS) for Samaritan Village’s proposed 125-family transitional housing facility at 78-16 Cooper Ave.

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and his local colleagues – all who are opposed to the plan - sent a letter asking for a public forum with both Samaritan Village and DHS where residents can discuss their concerns with the project.

"During a meeting last month with DHS, we were informed that the agency has chosen to proceed with an EIS of the site," Hevesi acknowledged. "We believe it is necessary that DHS and Samaritan be held accountable to the community in which they are proposing to operate a facility, and take into account their concerns.”

CB5 district manager Gary Giordano said the board plans to take action in the coming weeks.

“Yes, we are talking about when to have a public meeting and we’re looking at dates and for the best location,” Giordano said. “In all likelihood, it could not be at a community board meeting.”

Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi, a staunch opponent of the proposed shelter, said she is skeptical that politicians or residents can stop the development.

“I hope that their proactive move benefits the community,” Masi said. “I just don’t think there is anything left that can be done.”

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