AMERICAN CITIES ARE RUNNING OUT OF ROOM, NO MORE ROOM AT THE INN

No surprise that our American cities are running out of room to build while the population increases for various reasons and no where do you see this most than in the most fucked up city in the country, the rotten big apple, which has the worst quality of life of all the American cities.

A huge building boom in many cities are killing them and allowing only the mega rich to move in, although those not in that league still come to the cities and cram a small place with way too many people in it. Not only that, but there is very few room left to build anywhere in some cities, I mean look at LIC, one of the most over built and over development areas in NYC.

It also doesn’t help that 1) people are living much longer, 2) people have way too many kids, especially the lower-economic ones who don’t have the money to take care a a fish, let along 4, 5 and 6 kids. And then we have countries in Africa and the Middle East that are emptying out at record rates to over burdened Europe and this here country as well. An until these people start taking back their countries they once called home, both USA and Europe are going to be over-populated messes where infrastructure can no longer handle the population, food and water become scarce, where neighborhoods will look like third world countries, diseases ramp up, homeless people increase, crime rises, drug addiction ramps up and unemployment increases since there are not enough jobs for all those people. What a mess.

Welcome to the new America and welcome to our dying planet……………………………….

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From Bloomberg:

America’s Cities Are Running Out of Room

Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it’s getting worse.

May 22, 2017, 4:00 AM EDT
 

QuickTake: The American Dream of Home Ownership

A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don’t builders build more? One problem is that they’re running out of lots to build on—at least in the places that people want to live.

Cities that were sprawling before the Great Recession have begun to sprawl again. Space-constrained cities, meanwhile, have run out of room to build. That reality has spurred developers to focus on center-city neighborhoods where high-density building is allowed—and new units command exceedingly high prices.

At some point, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, vacant lots in desirable urban neighborhoods will run out. “If you have three days of rations left, you’ll be fine on day one, two, three,” said Romem, author of new research demonstrating home construction patterns. “On day 4, you have a problem.”

Historically, cities grew outward, as builders developed tracts on the periphery—then filled in the land between various developments over time. When these so-called expansive cities of the South and Southwest run out of infill land on which to build, developers simply pushed out further.

Some of these cities, like Austin and Nashville, have seen downtown boomlets. But more broadly, the building trends in those metros looks more like Dallas: Inside a 30-mile radius from the center of the city, new home sales decreased from 2000 to 2015. Outside the radius, though, sales are up by more than 50 percent. The same trend has played out to varying degrees in Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio, among other cities.

In America’s most expensive cities, however, that dynamic has been turned inside out (or perhaps outside in). New construction trends in places like New York City have been tightly focused on downtown clusters where zoning rules permit high-density construction. These cities stopped expanding their geographic footprint decades ago, leaving builders to concentrate on finding buildable lots inside existing boundaries. As those lots became harder to find, land prices increase, reducing options for builders hoping to turn a profit. Developers building on pricey lots generally seek to offset land prices by building more densely, Romem said. In many cases, that means focusing on high-end apartments that offer better profit margins. The wealthiest residents are the only ones who can buy, and a vicious cycle is created.

 

Lately, there has been some give as oversupply of new high-end apartments forces landlords in New York and San Francisco to drop prices on expensive aeries. Still, the broader pattern continues to lean in the direction of higher rents.

What happens next depends on whether voters and their elected officials rewrite zoning rules to allow denser construction, said Romem, particularly in neighborhoods currently limited to single-family homes. Under current rules, he said, it’s unlikely new housing will get built at affordable prices, pushing city-dwellers into a game of musical chairs rigged to favor the rich.

“As long as these cities continue to do well economically, you’re going see poorer folks replaced by richer folks,” he said. “You’re going to read stories about teachers not being able to find place to live.”

UNIDENTIFIED SLAIN BODY IN ALLEY POND TURNS OUT TO BE 16 YEAR OLD JAMAICA MALE WITH POSSIBLE GANG TIES

Badly decomposed body found in Alley Pond on Sunday, was at first thought to be female, but now the unidentified body is that of 16 year old Julio Vasquez from Jamaica who was stabbed more than two dozen times before being left in the park.

Not surprising this individual is from Jamaica, what, were you expecting,  Forest Hills.

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From Queen Times Ledger:

Slain Alley Pond male was 16, possible gang member: Cops

Cops begin roping off the area where the unidentified body of man was found Sunday afternoon.

Police sources have released the identity of the murder victim found in Bayside’s Alley Pond Park on Sunday as a 16-year-old with possible gang ties.

Julio Vasquez from Jamaica was stabbed more than two dozen times before being left in the park to be found by a birdwatcher, according to NYPD, who had said the body was so severely decomposed it would require dental records to identify him.

Police originally thought Vasquez, who lived on 166th St., was a female but later corrected the report stating the victim was male.

The body was discovered in a very remote and heavily wooded part of the park known for its natural and somewhat ungroomed wetlands.

Police from the 111th Precinct responded to the bird watcher’s call at approximately 1 p.m. about an unconscious person within the vicinity of 76th Avenue and Cloverdale Road. But when EMS arrived on the scene, they pronounced the individual dead.

Although some reports said Vasquez was an MS-13 member, a police source was reluctant to ascribe the victim to a specific affiliation.

 

 

BE HONEST, CALL THIS JAMAICA SHITTY “RESIDENTIAL” HOTEL WHAT IS REALLY WILL BE, ANOTHER HOMELESS SHELTER FOR BOTTOM FEEDERS

Coming to a Jamaica neighborhood to you, another shitty hotel marketed as a combo hotel/ “residential” hotel, otherwise known as another fucking shitty homeless shelter.

A hotel in an area that is not even close to any public transportation.

Every time Jamaica takes a step forward, they take three ghetto steps backwards.

New York City SUCKS!!!!

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From YIMBY:

Six-Story, 97-Key Apartment-Hotel Planned at 144-15 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica

 

VISION ZERO ACTUALLY SUCKS BECAUSE THIS MAYOR & HIS ADMINISTRATION CARES MORE ABOUT THOSE WHO BREAK THE LAW AS OPPOSED TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE LAW

Vision Zero SUCKS, but it does not have to if simple enforcement rules actually took place, but then Dumblasio and his crew seem to be more concerned with those that break the laws or don’t follow them (homeless folks posing danger & health issues on trains), illegal immigrants, truck drivers driving and parking illegally on residential streets, etc. The hard working tax payers who actually help pay this bozo’s salary and follow rules get fucked by him and his progressive lefty liberal brunch.

I like all four issues brought up, but especially, #2, since this a big one that effects me and many others:

Second, the NYPD should ticket truck drivers on residential avenues where the law forbids commercial traffic. Residents pay a premium to live on streets closed to the rumble of eighteen-wheelers, the roar and stink of diesel engines, and the squeal of air brakes, but they no longer get their money’s worth in this respect. Truckers use these residential avenues, in preference to commercial ones, to save time, but of course a speeding truck is the biggest imaginable danger not only to pedestrians and cyclists but also to ordinary drivers. It would take only random police enforcement to keep truckers off these streets, so it would be a high-return use of scarce police resources. It might even be possible to develop a traffic-camera technology to record the license plates of trucks as they rumble down these avenues, so that ticket issuing could become as automatic as that which catches drivers who run red lights or toll evaders on highways and bridges. An interim step might be to equip traffic officers—once called meter maids—with cameras to snap license plates and phones to call colleagues down the avenue to look for a particular truck. If it appeared 20 blocks further down in five minutes, a time-stamped photo would prove it was not merely making a delivery. Four minutes would also prove it was speeding. These unarmed officers can’t write tickets for moving violations, but they could relay such photographic evidence to higher authorities.

Notice the school bus behind this dangerous truck which is ILLEGALLY using a residential street.

ILLEGAL

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From City Journal:

Broken Windows Traffic Policing

How to stop scofflaw New York drivers from killing people

May 18, 2017

Public safety
New York

If Mayor Bill de Blasio wanted to get better results from his “Vision Zero” traffic-safety plan—which cut driver and passenger deaths from 81 in 2015 to 67 last year, even while the number of walkers and cyclists mowed down by cars rose from 153 to 165—he should stress vigilant traffic policing more. Most of those pedestrian and cyclist deaths occurred in crosswalks, and drivers would be more cautious there if they thought the cops might be watching. De Blasio would also recognize that the “Broken Windows” theory of policing—that small crimes of disorder, left unchecked, lead to more serious crime—holds true with traffic infractions as with any other kind of lawbreaking. So here are five Broken Windows actions that the mayor could take right now, which, if past experience holds true, ought to protect citizens from lethal drivers.

First, cops should crack down on “boom-box” cars—those with radios blasting loudly enough to be heard blocks away and to shake your windows as they pass by. The law forbids excessive noise—reasonably enough, for a dollop of civility from all is what makes life in a packed-together city possible. Anyone who inflicts drive-by pandemonium on his fellow citizens is doing so merely for the pleasure of aggressive self-assertion, and such belligerent behavior suggests the kind of driver who would swing into a crosswalk so quickly as to cut off a pedestrian crossing the street. But any miscalculation in such me-first driving can be fatal, and such drivers need to learn early that cops expect uniformly responsible motorist behavior.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani toyed with the idea of simply impounding boom-box cars on the spot, and he contemplated with a certain glee making some swaggering youth walk home to New Jersey in the middle of the night. But then the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, and the demands of the unfolding emergency left no time for refining these forms of quality-of-life policing.

Second, the NYPD should ticket truck drivers on residential avenues where the law forbids commercial traffic. Residents pay a premium to live on streets closed to the rumble of eighteen-wheelers, the roar and stink of diesel engines, and the squeal of air brakes, but they no longer get their money’s worth in this respect. Truckers use these residential avenues, in preference to commercial ones, to save time, but of course a speeding truck is the biggest imaginable danger not only to pedestrians and cyclists but also to ordinary drivers. It would take only random police enforcement to keep truckers off these streets, so it would be a high-return use of scarce police resources. It might even be possible to develop a traffic-camera technology to record the license plates of trucks as they rumble down these avenues, so that ticket issuing could become as automatic as that which catches drivers who run red lights or toll evaders on highways and bridges. An interim step might be to equip traffic officers—once called meter maids—with cameras to snap license plates and phones to call colleagues down the avenue to look for a particular truck. If it appeared 20 blocks further down in five minutes, a time-stamped photo would prove it was not merely making a delivery. Four minutes would also prove it was speeding. These unarmed officers can’t write tickets for moving violations, but they could relay such photographic evidence to higher authorities.

Third—and this is a step even the lionhearted Giuliani never took—such city employees as sanitation men who race their trucks down residential avenues to the depot, or bus drivers who cross an intersection just as the light is turning against them, blocking crosstown traffic as they wait for the light to change again, should get tickets. Of course no mayor courts union hostility, and one public-union member would be loath to penalize another. But New Yorkers (and even Americans at large) already sense that public servants, with their porcine retirement and health-care benefits, have become the public’s masters, and that they are exempt from the rules that bind everyone else, so nothing could be more salutary for restoring trust in government than ensuring that public employees respect rather than flout the law. Can you imagine the electric impact of seeing a cop writing a ticket to an MTA bus driver on Fifth Avenue in midtown, a sight I have never seen in over half a century as a New Yorker? A mayor with the guts to make unionized workers follow the same rules as everyone else—there could be no more potent message that the rules count than that!

Fourth, officers need once again to enforce the law against “spillback”—blocking an intersection because you tried, and failed, to beat the light. Again, camera-equipped meter maids could do this job. Traffic in midtown is currently chaos, thanks to the congestion resulting from various ill-advised traffic-control innovations of the current mayor and his predecessor. A little damage control would help.

Finally, to prevent the kind of mayhem that happened in Times Square at lunchtime today, when a suspected drunken driver with two previous drunk-driving citations killed one pedestrian and hurt at least 22 more, drivers should have their licenses suspended after one such conviction and revoked after two. So also with those who drive without a license or with a suspended one. They are lawbreakers, pure and simple, and a continued career of such wrongdoing ultimately should send them to jail.

But don’t hold your breath. The de Blasio administration seems to care more about protecting those who don’t follow the rules than those who do, as a recent NYPD directive forbidding cops to answer noise complaints by entering apartments to break up rowdy, late-night parties suggests. That’s the usual instinct of left-wing Democratic mayors, and it inevitably, if gradually, produces urban rot.

DON’T TAKE OUR FREEDOMS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GRANTED, NOT IN TRUMP LAND

The other day, I posted about the attack on protesters in Washington, DC by Turkey’s thug security team of President Erdogan,  while Trump had a meeting with the Erdogan (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/turkish-thug-security-team-of-erdogan-attacked-protesters-right-here-in-washington-dc-what-the-fuck/) and now we know that this brutal fuck gave the orders. And what does Trump or the White House do, not a damn thing.

Below is another great post by the blog Impunity City.

While Trump is always good for laughs as is the rest of these elitists clowns in his administration, this is not funny but pretty damn frightening, but with this President, there is constant distraction from so much reality that is going on.

Never assume our freedom could never be  in jeopardy or that one will not be able to voice their anger at political figures.

Funny times, yes, Scary times, most definitely. Watch out for the clown, a scary clown to boot.

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From Impunity City:

Extreme Precedence

By now, the world has seen the illegal violation of our nation’s sovereignty by the President of Turkey and his entourage, oppressing the first amendment rights and brutally assaulting of a group of protesters across the street from the embassy. Now it has been revealed that son of a bitch Erdrogan was sitting in his town car like a STD infected pussy giving the order to his goons to beat the crap out of the people picketing there.

 

The reaction to this has been swift from Americans, especially all those with social media accounts, but not enough to the greedy sycophant cowards in the House and Senate, with a select few like John “Return Of The Maverick” McCain, calling for investigations and even the ouster of the Turkish diplomat to the U.S..

While it is a fine thing to see punitive action, there is an underlying reason why that motherfucker Recep felt so comfortable bringing his authoritarian style of handling dissent here. And it’s not only that Figurehead Trump, with his mutual respect, admiration for the Wild Turk and Don’s obvious desire to imitate Erdrogan, the man and the tyrant. It’s that this similar abusive treatment and intimidation has been dished out regularly at any type of mass protest in the past 15 years by our own government, notably the militarization of local police forces in cities.

I recall when the Republican National Convention came to New York City, and the NYPD was deployed to cordon off protestors during marches and subjecting people into free speech zones. Anyone thought to breach these protocols instantly were placed in handcuffs, and that included passerbys and reporters. Since there were so many people detained for exercising their rights to free expression and assembly, the city, run by Mayor Bloomberg, set up a detainment center that was ignonimously called “Gitmo on the Hudson”.

Since those months of infamy, the last major national gatherings of public protest were the Occupy Wall St. movements and their nationwide spinoffs, standing ground and occupying plaza spaces and college campuses in major cities against the banking industry that ruined the economy and was rewarded with a socialist style bailout for their troubles. The people were subsequently met with injuries emitting from batons, rubber bullets, and pepper spray from the mass throngs of police depts. deployed to provide safety and security for them all.

But for the brevity’s sake and abject significance, there were two recent disgraceful events in the past year of government oppression committed that parallels the odious attack in D.C. the other day.

There was the mass protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It stemmed from a shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was prone face down on the ground, by a cop who claimed that he was armed as the officer and his partner were attempting to cuff him. When throngs of people showed up to march on the streets, organized by the Black Lives Matter movement, they were confronted by cops in full military gear, advanced weaponry and actual tanks. As people were marching forward, the police suddenly attacked everyone. The most disturbing part was when a bunch of protesters went into a house of someone offering sanctuary, the cops broke inside, warrantless, and dragged people out and brutally arrested them.

There was also this moment of clarity summarizing the asinine, excessive use of force and government ordered oppression:

https://theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2016/07/baton-rouge-protester.jpg

The actual case against the cops was mired in controversy and chicanery by the Baton Rogue police dept, with a report of witness and evidence tampering involving a convenience store manager, breaking into store owners video cameras and taking the footage of the killing along with his cellphone. The cop has since been acquitted of all charges.

Then during last autumn and winter, during the waning days of the worst presidential campaign and election result the nation has ever seen and under the presidency of the insignificant Barack Obama, there was the DAPL pipeline protest at the river and lands of an Indian reservation in North Dakota. The people who set up camps to stop this grave atrocity and plunder which was made possible by lobbyist and legislative trickery and shameful subservience to big energy business by the Army Core Of Engineers. The protesters-the water protectors were initially being pushed around by hapless security contractors siccing dogs on them. When that didn’t intimidate the Standing Rock tribe, the cops in full stormtrooper gear came down with their tanks and humvees and after a few months, eventually forced them off, but not after shooting them with gas projectiles and water shooting from objects that would be more useful on forest wildfires. The latter which was used during frigid evenings.

Did I mention that this oppression on constitutional freedoms happened, as well as various other protests, under the tenure of President Barack Hussein Obama.

And now we got a guy in the White House who is salivating to use these resources to crush dissent and mass organizing that will surely come if his dystopian, oppressive budget and cultural and unconstitutional policies get enacted. Trump is off to a stellar start as he has appointed a tyrannical sadist rat bastard, Sheriff David Clarke, to DHS Deputy Secretary, who will gladly use his position to use his office to wreck any public assemblies rising up with any demands of accountability from our inherently corrupt administration, with all these dangerous military toys and state and city police depts. at his disposal.

So be prepared for more of this destruction of our civil rights and the transformation of our public servants to government tools of oppression. This is what you the people are paying for. So don’t be shocked when Putin and Kim Jong Un are leisurely strolling with the President Godfather and the disgusted and violated public yelling at them are being assaulted by their robotic, inhuman henchmen.

These policies, deployments and tactics were meant to deal with enemies trying to come here, but as recent history and Pogo has shown, the enemy, the preferred and considered enemy has been us all along.

REALITY CHECK FOLKS: CHIPOTLE COMING TO “THE AVE” IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD OR “GENTRIFICATION”, IT IS JUST A FUCKING CHIPOLTE, A COUPLE OF NOTCHES ABOVE TACO BELL, NOT SOME FANCY 5 STAR FRENCH RESTAURANT – GET OVER IT

OH MY FUCKING GOD.  While my recent post about the opening of Chipotle in downtown Jamaica (that some hate that term) on the Ave  (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/chipotle-planning-to-open-in-downtown-jamaica-on-the-ave/) had many liking that idea, there were, of course (it’s Jamaica), those who thought a 5 star fancy French Restaurant with valet parking was coming and that it was the end for Jamaica and major gentrification. One commented “They shutting Down The Ave

REALITY CHECK FOLKS, it is only a fucking Chipotle. A CHIPOTLE, owned by McDonald’s and a two notches above Taco Bell and a notch below AppleBee’s. Probably the same folks who were outraged that how dare an Applebee’s come into the  hood and ruin “The Ave” and all it’s crappiness.

That “Chipotle Armageddon” post on Clean Up Jamaica Queens Facebook page was shared like crazy and some of the Jamaica residents (mostly young) thought it was Armageddon Gentrification.  Many also hated the term “Downtown Jamaica”, which, was a term I coined when I first moved here to Jamaica, because, well, it is the business district with businesses, etc, so I would call it that, then down the road, I noticed the powers that be and developers were using it all the time. Again, get over the use of that, I mean it is a downtown area, small, but a downtown area, never the less. I am partial to “The Ave”, much hipper and cooler, so maybe you don’t want that because then you will notice developers and greedy real estate agency saying “Great apartment location and just a few blocks from  THE AVE, where you can work & play.”

This was one of the top highest posts since this blog was created, with the “Chipotle Armageddon” reaching 1,019 and 1,957 (readers, comments & shares). While as can be seen, most liked it, there were of course the ones, who cannot stand to see any type of positive progress in Jamaica and look at it as “gentrification”, which when you think about it is a sad state of mentality with some people here, they would be content to see Jamaica continue as a trashed, crime ridden, nonsense, crap retail/food ghetto place. While there are some things I like about the area and I do like that real urban feel (as compared to fake hipster cool), the area does need cleaning up and some sprucing here and there and that means some nice places to balance out the crap like 99 cent stores, cheap electronic stores, tons of beauty supply stores, crappy food choices and flea market type retail.

Anyway, I had to post some of the comments where folks were in an outrage and I found some of them to be funny, but my 5 top ones, be they negative or positive were these ones, of course #1 being my favorite, this person KNOWS REALITY:

  1. Yeah. But until this place gets gentrified, this is going to to be the ghettoest chipotle to exist.
  2. Yay white bitches in the hood
  3. They always gonna run out of chicken
  4. Trash ass food
  5. That’s what they’re putting there?! There’s already an overpriced Taco Bell across the street!

 

 

And here are some of the “doomsday” Facebook comments:

they really making jamaica white again smh

There ain’t no downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica ?🤔🤔 Its Called The Ave

First Starbucks now we getting chipotle to ? 😭

I knew it son I was like they either gonna put a shake shack or chipotle 🤦🏾‍♀️

OOOOOHHH IT’S OVER

DOWNTOWN JAMAICA 😂😂😂😂😂😂

They “downtown ing ” everything right?

Gentrification on the way

The Regentrification of Jamaica Centre, Jamaica has already begun. First Starbucks now Chipotle! Hmmmmm!

opened a Starbucks and now this, I peep the game now

Downtown added to anything other than manhattan means “gentrification, coming to a hood near you”

oh man remember when we used to joke about a chipotle on the ave…it’s really happening 😩😩😩😩

The part that’s killling me is they said downtown Jamaica.
They shutting Down The Ave
Nah the Dallas BBQs that’s going to be on parsons is going to shut down the Ave

Stop trying to gentrify Jamaica Queens.

Just stop. 🙄🙄

Downtown Jamaica. Stoppppp

Tf is going on here

Gentrification

Yeah. But until this place gets gentrified, this is going to to be the ghettoest chipotle to exist.

If they add a chik fila it’s gonna get noticeably gentrified real quick

 

Gentrification. They trynna fix the area up so more white people will invest in it and push the minority’s out

 

If I see one more post abt down town Jamaica. Mother fucker this isn’t manhattan it’s called the fucking ave dick heads. On another note cool chipotle gone be over there. Still another sign of gentrification

 

Right lmao tryna make it sound sophisticated n shit

 

The bar is set high as to the people who live there set it high enough to be gentrified no? so please STFU… when it comes to knowing what is bad and what is good for a community…last time I checked the places that had Chipotle or a trader joes…there was less and less black folk to be found… so shove all that 1…

OZONE PARK HOMELESS DROP-IN CENTER OPENS: EXPECT “THE HOMELESS WALKING DEAD” TO MAKE THE AREA EVEN SHITTER

Nothing like making a shitty area, even more shitter with  the a so called “safe haven” and drop-in center, which will house 50 adults for an average of nine months and serve a maximum of 75 clients coming off the street for a day to eat and shower.

The center says they will have a robust 24/7 staffing with on-premise security. YEAH, RIGHT. Expect loitering, drug dealing, increase in crime and other nonsense that this population brings to communities.

I wonder if Breaking Ground’s Executive Director has shelters on his/her block or in his/her community.

The bullshit NEVER ends in SE Queens.

How about a “safe haven” for hard working tax payers who own their property and want a decent quality of life. How about that.

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From Queens Tribune:

Ozone Park Drop-In Center Opens

on: May 18, 2017In: 

The Drop-In Center site on Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Jon Cronin

By Jon Cronin, Editor

The Breaking Ground Drop-In Center has partially opened its Ozone Park location.

Marian Molina, chairwoman of Community Board 9’s health and safety committee, announced at the board’s meeting last week that the homeless center had debuted in the community.

However, a spokeswoman for Breaking Ground said that the residential “safe haven” portion of the center is not yet open.

“Breaking Ground Queens Street to Home staff are currently working out of the building and seeing some of their existing clients there,” the spokeswoman said. “The building is not yet open for walk-ins. Psychiatrists and street medicine nurse practitioners are available to Street to Home clients as needed. The opening of the full facility will be in phases.”

Breaking Ground’s mission is to get homeless persons into permanent housing with the aid of on-site social workers and psychiatric and medical staff.

The nonprofit’s plan includes a “safe haven” and drop-in center, which involves the housing of 50 adults for an average of nine months. It would also serve a maximum of 75 clients coming off the street for a day to eat and shower as well as those in need of education and services that aid in the prevention of losing housing.

In the safe haven portion, residents would get their own room or private space and have no curfews or check-ins. The center would also have a robust 24/7 staffing with on-premise security. Residents would not be kicked out during the day as they are in shelters and are encouraged to stay inside and not loiter outside.

The site has drawn protests from local residents and parents of the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, which is less than 1,000 feet away.  If the site were a traditional shelter, it would be in violation of state law, which prohibits shelters from being within 1,000 feet of a school.

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) held a town hall in December, during which residents vociferously demonstrated that they are against the opening of the drop-in center.