A Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth, Queens will not become a homeless shelter after the co-owner backed out of the deal.
Harshad Patel told the New York Daily News that community opposition is too strong and he has informed Acacia Network, the nonprofit contracted by the city to run the adult-only shelter, that the deal is off.
Sources in City Hall told the Daily News that the opening will happen, but it will be delayed. The shelter was slated to open Oct. 1, but as of last week, the contract had not been signed, CBS2 reported.
“I can assure you I will be looking into this matter very thoroughly and will keep you updated every step of the way,” City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-30th) wrote in a Facebook post after Twitter account HolidayInnEx Maspeth tweeted that the move was killed.
Nearly 60,000 people are currently in homeless shelters across the five boroughs.