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College Point residents to sue city over proposed shelter
Photos by Jenna Bagcal/THE COURIER
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Th e fi ght against a proposed College
Point homeless shelter is heating up as
residents gear up to sue the city.
Hundreds of residents from College
Point and neighboring areas including
Whitestone, Flushing and Bayside gathered
for a protest on Dec. 2 in front of the
planned shelter at 127-03 20th Ave.
Th e rally was co-organized by Dany
Chen, founder of the College Point
Residents Coalition (CPRC), committee
member Jennifer Shannon and area residents
Rex Lam, Elizabeth Cuccia and
“Th ere is no hospital here. Th ere’s
fi ve schools around here. How could we
let this thing happen?” Chen asked the
Councilman Paul Vallone, who has
been vocal with his opposition to the
shelter, said that the building’s owners
were not transparent about their intentions
when fi ling the property permits.
Th e councilman said that the original permits
from the Brooklyn-based owners of
Liberty One Group, stated that the property
was going to be “an offi ce and furniture
“Th ey lied to us deliberately,” said
Vallone. “David Levitan and Steve Berger
sold out College Point for $12 million,
Residents of College Point made their voices heard at a Dec. 2 rally against a proposed homeless shelter in the community.