The fight over a proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale got the attention of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), a Democratic candidate for borough president.
Vallone gathered with residents and civic leaders from Glendale and Middle Village near the site of the proposed 125-family shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. on Friday to demand the proposal be killed.
"This is not the place for a homeless shelter like this," Vallone said at the rally outside the Artistic Stitch Sports Complex next door to the proposed center.
He noted that the site is close to three already-crowded schools that would be forced to absorb the children of the families that would be housed at the shelter.
The 105,000-square-foot building is the site of a former factory and the proposal was submitted by Samaritan Village, a Bronx-based organization. It is located just a few blocks west of The Shops at Atlas Park near the border of Glendale and Middle Village.