200 bed men’s homeless shelter coming to Blondell Ave

The site of the future shelter in Westchester Square on Blondell Avenue.
Photos by Jason Cohen

In February Community Boards 10 and 11 and Councilman Mark Gjonaj were furious when DHS announced plans to house 200 homeless adult men at 1400 Blondell Ave.

Well, on Aug. 19, Foremost Real Estate under the 1400 Blondell LLC, filed permits with the Department of Buildings to construct a  3-story building for a transient shelter and a health care clinic at 1374 Blondell Ave. in Westchester Square.

While this may seem suspect, in January, the City Department of Human Resources emailed CB11 telling them that provider Care for the Homeless will be operating a 200 bed men’s shelter from 1364 to 1400 Blondell Ave. The shelter, which is slated to open in 2021, is officially located in  CB11, but immediately across the street is CB10.

The building will have 18 units, be 44-feet tall and have 31,362 square feet for commercial space and 3,013 square feet for community facility space.

Numerous attempts were made to contact owner Dan Shavolian and architect Andrew Knox of Edelman Sultan Knox, but they could not be reached.

The site of the future shelter in Westchester Square on Blondell Ave.Photo by Jason Cohen

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