Harlem Residents Upset Over Unexpected Conversion Of Luxury Complex To Homeless Shelter

February 16, 2024

Residents of a Harlem neighborhood are feeling blindsided after discovering that a building development originally marketed as a plush condominium complex is now slated to become a homeless shelter, potentially housing migrants.

The 35-unit complex at 2201 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd near 130th Street was initially touted as a luxurious living space, complete with amenities like an indoor swimming pool and marble bathrooms.

However, financial difficulties led to foreclosure, and the site is now being leased to a non-profit working with the city Department of Social Services/Homeless Services.

City officials confirmed that the building will be used as a shelter, sparking outrage among locals who feel that affordable housing for community members should be prioritized over sheltering migrants.

A community forum hosted by the St. Nicholas House Resident Association and Silent Voices United aims to address these concerns.

Residents question why the abandoned luxury complex couldn’t be converted into lower-cost apartments for locals struggling with rising housing prices.

The unexpected shift highlights broader issues of housing affordability and transparency in urban development.

Despite the initial promise of luxury living, the reality for this Harlem property has taken a different turn, leaving residents frustrated and demanding answers from city officials.

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