Glendale homeless shelter site should be used for industry, community board chair tells Mayor de Blasio
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It was once a hub of industry, and it can be again. That was the message Community Board 5 Chairperson Vincent Arcuri sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week regarding the site of a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale. In the April 1 letter to the mayor that QNS obtained, Arcuri said the property […]

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Letters and comments on homeless shelter, tenants and spa raids

TIME TO CLOSE PAN AMERICAN HOMELESS SHELTER Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio. With the departure of Gilbert Taylor as commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), we hope you will utilize this opportunity to address the faulty decisions made by Commissioner Taylor during his brief tenure, […]

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Home of future Elmhurst hotel, next to Pan Am shelter, on sale for $8.5M
Rendering courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield

A development site at 78-06 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, which has approved plans for a mixed-use hotel building, is on the market for $8.5 million. The site holds approximately 49,335 buildable square feet and sits on a 80-foot by 123-foot irregular lot. The site has approved plans for a mixed-use hotel building to include 94 hotel rooms, 21 residential units, […]

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City called to task on Pan-Am shelter by pols, civic groups
Photo courtesy of the office of Tony Avella

A homeless shelter housed at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst continues to draw criticism from a local lawmaker and city groups demanding accountability. State Senator Tony Avella held a rally with civic group Elmhurst United on Sunday to oppose the conditions of the temporary homeless shelter, which does not include kitchens in the family units. Despite having been thrice rejected by […]

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City Comptroller rejects Pan Am homeless shelter proposal for a third time
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Updated 2:15 p.m. For the city’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the third time was not a charm. City Comptroller Scott Stringer has once again rejected the agency’s proposal, which was submitted twice before, to convert the former Pan American Hotel located at 79-00 Queens Blvd. into a permanent homeless shelter. “The Comptroller’s Office rejected for […]

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