Vallone Presses For Community Input On Housing
Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended a January 30 town hall meeting to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the vacant “TBuilding” on the Queens Hospital Center grounds in Jamaica. Queens Hospital Center is hoping to turn the building into 251 units of permanent housing for low-income people with mental disabilities or HIV/AIDS. While Vallone supports smaller group homes, he believes no community can support 251 residences. During the meeting, Vallone also announced he will introduce a resolution calling on the state to allow for community input on large residences for low-income people with illnesses or mental disabilities. The resolution would amend a law by former state Senator Frank Padavan, which mostly circumvented local zoning and community objections. “Small group homes are vital to securing the safety and well-being of our lowincome citizens with illnesses or mental disabilities, but 251 residences are far too large a burden for any single community to bear,” said Vallone. “People deserve the right to provide input, and it is outrageous that the government is allowed to turn a deaf ear to a community’s concerns.” Assemblymember David Weprin, state Senator Tony Avella and Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik also attended the meeting.
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