Councilman Robert Holden announced last Friday that the working homeless population housed at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 59-40 55th Road, has been removed.
Holden said he learned of the move in a phone conversation with Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Steven Banks.
“I will continue to work with local faith-based organizations to come up with solutions for housing our neighbors who have fallen on hard times,” Holden said in a statement. “Smaller, more personal settings are the most effective way for us to take care of our own.”
In May, New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the hotel owner, KCM Realty Company, which filed a lawsuit claiming that housing the homeless at the site violates the terms of their lease.
Holden’s office said that New Ram Realty’s agreement with DHS and Acacia Network also violates the city’s zoning code by allowing individuals to stay in the hotel for more than 30 days.
Meanwhile, another site that has been debated recently is PS 9, which serves nearly 200 students with physical and emotional disabilities.
Holden has long stated that the school, located in an industrial part of Maspeth, is dilapidated and in poor condition. He has proposed converting 78-16 Cooper Avenue into a District 75 school.
But leaders of the Juniper Park Civic Association say the conditions of the school, which is undergoing a $14 million renovation, are better than Holden has let on.
The civic group supports an additional District 75 school in Glendale, but the “closure and repurposing” of PS 9.
Residents have expressed concern that should PS 9 should close, it would be a potential site for a homeless shelter in Maspeth.