Saturday, October 12, 2013

An Update On Proposed 9th Street Men's Shelter

Urgent Update On Proposed 9th Street Men's Shelter In Carroll Gardens
This whole process has been so shady it turns the stomach.  Glad that our elected officials are on the case. Of course, you can't forget that this is part of the legacy of Bob Scarano, who self-certified this illegally built structure in the first place.  The shelter plan itself is merely a plot device in a sordid tale of greed and wanton disregard for the community and the law.
"Our last update addressed the Audit that DOB had conducted which raised a serious set of concerns about the approval to turn 165 west 9th st into a dormitory style accomodation for 170 men. We heard nothing all summer, but recently learned that the DOB dismissed all its objections to approve the building permits it had revoked. No elected official was notified, nor have they explained how the various egregious objections were completely dropped. Brad Lander, Velmanette Montgomery and Joan Millman this week sent a letter demanding more information from the DOB and requesting through the Freedom of Information Act all documents relating to this decision to see how the DOB waived its concerns. As yet, Brad Lander has received no response, nor ackowledgement, from Ira Gluckman, R.A., DOB Borough Commissioner, or John Gallagher R.A., DOB Deputy Borough Commissioner. Today we learned that the city will hold a public hearing on a proposed contract for a shelter at 165 west 9th st on October 17 from 9-5. The total contract shall be $29,987,257 dollars. The contract shall be from November 1 2013 to June 30 2018. With an option to renew from July 1 2018 to June 30 2022 (as detailed in the City Register)."
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