SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The city planning board on Thursday unanimously approved plans for a new Code Blue shelter at 14 Walworth St.
Code Blue shelters homeless people in the area on nights where the temperature drops below 32 degrees.
In February, Shelters of Saratoga announced the Mitzen family will pay for the costs of a new Code Blue shelter to be built on the Shelters of Saratoga property.
The 6,400 square foot addition calls for about 50 beds.
The resolution approved by the board has stipulations, including: certainty that Code Blue will only operate when the state-mandated Code Blue alert is in effect; all nighttime activities outside the shelter should seize at 10 p.m.; the gate providing access to Marvin Alley shall be closed and locked at all times (opening only for specific deliveries to the site); the residents are not to be released all at once the next morning; the shelter will institute a 10-member Neighborhood Advisory Council (including at least four neighbors within 2,500 feet of the property); and the Planning Board will receive an annual report every April.
Neighbors in attendance voiced frustrations, specifically with the planning board approving a special-use permit for a neighborhood rooming house within a Urban Residential-4 District.
“Obviously very disappointing. We are a residential neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if we’re close to the downtown core. That has nothing to do with the zoning ordinance,” said neighbor Maureen Curtin. “Zoning ordinance has it zoned as a UR-4, and it remains a UR-4 unless it changed…
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