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No Samaritan Village

A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette.
April 1, 2016
Honorable Bill de Blasio
Mayor, City of New York
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Re: Industrial Development
Dear Mr. Mayor,
I must congratulate you on your commitment to the development and redevelopment of Industrial Properties in New York City, especially in Queens County. Our area, Community District 5, Queens, is proud to promote our local industrial properties and the two (2) Industrial Business Zones (IBZ), Maspeth IBZ and South of Myrtle Avenue (SOMA) IBZ within our District.
While you and NYC EDC, with your support and encouragement, are making a major effort for industrial development through programs such as NYC Developer Fund, and FutureWorks NYC Growth Initiative, the Department of Buildings is permitting the conversion of essential industrial sites to usage such as Transient Hotel (Reference Job #420987613, 78-16 Cooper Avenue, BL 3803, Lot 14).
This existing, approximately 50,000 square foot building that once housed aircraft manufacturers, cabinet makers and knitting mills could, with relatively little investment, become a major incubator site. Instead, this building is being pushed off the rolls of industrial sites by what appears to be a clear example of “the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.”
Additionally, contrary to your espoused approach to care for homeless families, this site has been proposed as a homeless family residence, which, in itself, is contrary to the usage permitted in a “Transient Hotel.”
Also, the proposed operator of this shelter is Samaritan Village, which has been exposed as a problem provider of homeless services.
I therefore strongly urge you to have the Department of Buildings rescind the approval under Job #420987613 to permit altering 78-16 Cooper Avenue, BL 3803, Lot 14 to a Transient Hotel, and direct NYC EDC to immediately commence negotiation with the current owners of 78-16 Cooper Avenue to restore industrial usage at this location.
Your attention to this matter is critical at this time.
Vincent Arcuri Jr.
Community Board 5
cc: Grace Meng, Member of Congress, 6th CD; Hon. Nydia Velasquez, Member of Congress, 7th CD; Joseph Addabbo, NYS Senator, 15th SD; Andrew Hevesi, NYS Assembly, 28th AD; Michael Miller, NYS Assembly, 38th AD; Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President; Elizabeth Crowley, City Council Member, 30th CD; Karen Koslowitz, City Council Member, 29th CD; Rick D. Chandler, P.E., Commissioner, NYC Dept of Buildings; Members of Community Board 5, Queens; Local Newspapers

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