Neighbors rally against rumored new detox shelter

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Some Throgs Neck residents say the possibility of a drug recovery center opening up in their neighborhood is giving them headaches.

While no official paperwork has been filed, opponents rallied Thursday outside 2800 Bruckner Blvd. in response to rumors that it may become a detox facility or shelter.

Officials say the rumors are not true. The Department of Homeless Services says it has no plans to use the building as a homeless shelter, and state Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, who represents the district, says the building will not be a detox shelter.

"We don't know what is coming here," Benedetto says. "Right now it's nothing."

A few weeks ago, businesses leasing space in the building were ordered to vacate within 30 days without explanation, neighbors say. According to opponents of a possible shelter there, a number of beds were then moved into the facility.

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