The neighborhood first learned of the potential plans on Oct. 4, via a terse one-page letter from Aguila Incorporated, a nonprofit that operates more than two dozen homeless shelters around the city via contracts with the D.H.S. The notification left many questions unanswered; for instance, how is the bidder planning to fit 170 people—single men, apparently—into the structure, a vacant 10-unit apartment building?
Originally designed as luxury condos by the notorious architect Robert Scarano, the project languished for nearly a decade, reportedly due to issues with the Buildings Department, which has since banned Scarano from filing permits due to alleged malfeasance. A certificate of occupancy was finally issued for the building in 2010, even as the surrounding stretch of Court Street filled with bakeries and bistros, driving up rents and sale prices.
A community meeting on this new development will be 24 October at 6:30pm, with a meeting place TBA.