Judge rejects coalition’s petition for new study on shelter site
by Holly Bieler
Nov 03, 2015 | 9179 views | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Glendale residents’ years-long attempts to halt the controversial transformation of an abandoned Cooper Avenue factory into a homeless shelter received a setback this week, when a judge dismissed the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition’s Article 78 proceeding.

The petition was filed in 2014, with the coalition arguing that the environmental assessment on the Cooper Avenue site was flawed and incomplete, containing erroneous and outdated information. The study was conducted by AECOM.

An Article 78 proceeding allows for citizens to challenge the actions of administrative agencies by filing a petition with a state court.

However Judge Jennifer Schecter ruled last week that the court did not have jurisdiction over the issues raised, and that guidelines did not point to a significant impact for purposes of environmental analysis.

While the coalition has indicated they will not appeal the decision, member Kathy Masi says she was surprised by the ruling.

“We weren’t asking for damages, we were asking for a simple environmental impact study,” she said. “I was surprised. We weren’t asking for her to do very much. It’s a flawed environmental study, it's based on old material, so lets do an impact study.

“Let's see how something like this is going to affect the community,” she added. “I’m surprised that she wouldn’t do that.”
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