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Flushing lawmaker debunks rumor of homeless shelter coming to a neighborhood hotel

The Parc Hotel will open in downtown Flushing next month.
Rendering courtesy of Real Hospitality Group
By Mark Hallum

Rumors that the city plans on opening a homeless shelter at the Parc Hotel in Flushing are greatly exaggerated, according to City Councilman Peter Koo.

A spokesman for Koo said the councilman had a discussion with Guangyang An, the owner of the hotel — located at 39-16 College Point Blvd. — and that there are no plans for homeless individuals to be housed there.

An anonymous source, however, told TimesLedger that there had been a deal with the city for a shelter at the hotel, but it had been recently terminated.

Neither An nor the city Department of Homeless Services have responded to multiple calls and emails requesting comment on the matter.

The rumor came amid an ongoing battle between College Point residents and the city over a proposed homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Residents have held two rallies against the proposal, and are in the process of suing the city to stop it.

Carlotta Mohamed and Robert Pozarycki contributed to this report.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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