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
THE COURIER/File Photo

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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Buildings Department nixes Glendale homeless shelter floor plans
Photo by Jeff Stone

Those fighting against the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale received a bit of good news last week, when the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) revoked the floor plans for the shelter after a full audit of the plans. The notice to revoke — which according to the DOB is pending until the plan review is completed […]

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