Photos: Michael O'Kane
Nearly 400 people crowded into Christ the King High School in Middle Village for a meeting of the newly formed Glendale-Middle Village Coalition, a group fighting a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.
The coalition was established with one sole purpose in mind: to tie up the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelter using the legal system and force DHS to abandon its plans for the site.
The ad hoc steering committee of the coalition includes representatives of the Glendale Civic Association, Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Juniper Park Civic Association, Middle Village Property and Residents Association, and the Glendale Property Owners Association.
“Obviously everyone here is very concerned about our community, and should be,” Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi told the crowd.
The coalition intends to file Article 78 proceedings before the end of next week. This action would challenge the integrity of the environmental assessment performed by a contractor on behalf of DHS.
One of the key elements of the Wednesday night meeting, beyond the fundraising function, was the block captain sign-up. About 50 people signed up for the position, which would have them serve as a liaison between the coalition and their neighbors to keep them apprised of new developments, bring forward any concerns, and champion fundraising efforts.
So far, just over $30,000 of the group’s $130,000 goal has been raised in five weeks.
The next meeting of the coalition will be Friday, October 24, in Glendale at Yerman’s Irish Pub, 70-26 88th St.