Neighbors of proposed homeless shelter want more information

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Some Kingsbridge Avenue residents want to know more about plans to allow a homeless shelter in a new apartment building in their community.

It's set to be built along Broadway and is expected to house at least 80 families.

Critics had the chance to voice concerns at a packed committee meeting Thursday night.

They wanted to know who will be moving in, how their school will be affected and how else the shelter might impact their community. Some also said the lack of transparency about the project raised red flags.

They also asked their community board whether it had been misled by the developer -- and board members said they had. They said they were initially told the building would hold market-rate housing.

At some points, incensed neighbors shouted at representatives from the mayor's office and the Department of Homeless Services. Others were more calm. They said they understood the need to house the homeless, but wished nonetheless that the developer had been forthright from the beginning.

The community board has asked the city Department of Investigations to probe the developer's behavior. Stagg, the developer, did not send a representative to the meeting. The company also did not immediately respond to a News 12 request for comment.

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