From the Archives: CB10 in 2008

2008 archive documents from Community Board 10.

Community Board 10-Manhattan
April 2008 General Board Meeting Minutes

Community Board 10 Resolution Calling for a Moratorium on New/Additional or Expansion of Existing City, State, Federal, or Private Substance Abuse Facilities in Central Harlem

Update: Homeless Shelter Planned for 1763-1771 Amsterdam Ave.

Notes from the CB9 subcommittee meeting regarding the Homeless Shelter plans in Harlem.

There was a good community showing last night at the CB9 sub-committee meeting concerning a new shelter that is being proposed for 1763-1771 Amsterdam Avenue.
Some of the points were:

  • It’s not a done deal—negotiations between the developer and the city (DHS) continue.
  • The initial lease of the building will be for 9 years.
  • The figure floated as an approximate cost per unit per month ($4,000) was not disputed by the DHS staff.
  • This building will house ‘families’ in 350-400 square foot studio apartments.
  • Families were defined as a parent with one child, or a pregnant woman.
  • DHS pushed back when asked why DHS doesn’t site shelters in wealthier neighborhoods by asking the community to suggest sites in the Upper East Side for them to consider.
  • DHS claimed to have conducted a Fair Share study but failed to produce it.
  • DHS claimed to have data on shelter numbers but didn’t have it at the meeting and deflected to DHS shelter counts (shelters, not beds) and refused to acknowledge any information about State or private shelters in Harlem.
  • DHS was evasive when questions about how this project shifted from being promoted as an affordable housing project to becoming a homeless shelter asked for details/clarity.
  • DHS was unwilling to give contract details, dollar amounts, or even estimates of how much the 9-year lease was worth.

2008 Community Board 10 Resolution: Moratorium on Special Interest Facilities in Harlem

As far back as April 2008, Community Board 10 of Central Harlem established a resolution calling for a moratorium on dumping social service facilities, supporting the “fair share” of these types of services throughout the city.

CB10 Resolution to Rescind Support for a Mount Sinai Drug Treatment Facility in Central Harlem

Executive Committee meeting of Community Board 10 the members voted unanimously to rescind the CB vote taken at the General Board meeting in May 2018 allowing Mount Sinai to erect a health facility at 160 West 124th Street New York, New York 10027.

At the September 26th 2018 Executive Committee meeting of Community Board 10 the members voted unanimously to rescind the CB vote taken at the General Board meeting in May 2018 allowing Mount Sinai to erect a health facility at 160 West 124th Street New York, New York 10027. 

Senator Brian A. Benjamin Pens Letter of Support for CB 10

State Senator Brian Benjamin recently wrote a letter of support for CB10’s withdrawal of support for Mount Sinai’s plan to create yet another drug facility in Harlem.