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NYC mermaids are planning a second homeless shelter in Chinatown

City Hall has scrapped plans to open a new homeless shelter in Chinatown after residents received a spate of complaints that their lower Manhattan neighborhood was being inundated with needy New Yorkers.

The Department of Homeless Services told residents Monday it was ending efforts to open a 94-room shelter at 231 Grand Street, the site of a former Best Western hotel.

The decision came after the local council voted 37-6 against the project.

Officials tore down the Grand Street lodging proposal just a week after drawing plans for the second of what were formerly three proposed lodgings in the area that were earmarked for Madison Street.

However, an official said Tuesday that DHS is still moving forward with the third project but could not immediately provide its location.

“After reviewing planned shelters to open in Chinatown, we have decided to re-evaluate this shelter capacity to create an area with fewer services and shelters for people with vulnerable homelessness,” said DHS spokeswoman Julia Savel.

“Our goal is always to work with communities to understand their needs and distribute shelters fairly across all five boroughs to serve our most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

The homeless shelter would have been on a corner in Chinatown.
The city planned to open a 94-room emergency shelter at 231 Grand Street, the site of a former Best Western Hotel.
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