Residents to sue Saratoga Springs over homeless shelter plans – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A group of residents plans to sue the city over its approval of a Code Blue homeless shelter on Walworth Street.


The group of about 22 people will challenge the Planning Board’s approval of the project and the Zoning Board’s dismissal of the group’s appeal last month, said Claudia Braymer, the Glens Falls attorney who represents them. She expects to file the lawsuit in Saratoga County Court this week.

Braymer said the residents are concerned about the “impact that Code Blue will have on their neighborhood.” They also feel that the city expedited the project’s approval without getting their input, she said. 

“My clients are wanting to help people who are homeless and understand that that is an issue in the city,” she said, “but it’s also an issue for the entire county, and we don’t think that this neighborhood location is an appropriate place to put it.”

Braymer takes issue with the city’s definition of the project as a neighborhood rooming house, which she said is “supposed to be a single-family home that you rent out on a room-by-room basis.” The rooming house designation is also an allowed use in the area’s urban/residential zoning. 

“This is not a single-family home; it’s basically some sort of institutional facility,” she said.

The shelter, most recently located at Soul Saving Station Church in the city, serves Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties. It opens when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, in accordance with state law.

Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) wants to build the Code Blue shelter next to its headquarters on Walworth Street. In <a…

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