The now-banned architect Robert Scarano has left many scars across New York, one of which is the 7-story building at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens. Since its completion 10 years ago, the building's apartments and commercial spaces have sat mostly empty, due to?surprise!?issues with construction. But now the building may be seeing new life as supportive housing. Pardon Me For Asking reports that Community Board 6 received a letter from Bronx-based nonprofit Housing Solutions USA/Aguila Inc. that says the group submitted plans to the Department of Homeless Services to "provide social services for the 170 single adults that will be living at 165 West 9th Street."
Unsurprisingly, neighbors don't like this idea. The owner of a wine shop just around the corner from the building in question wrote to the board: "We were all expecting a free market rental building to open in that space to really increase business and revitalize the neighborhood. Instead this is the worst thing that could possibly happen to businesses with an already fragile economy." The board is in the process of setting up a public information session to learn more about the proposal.
· Homeless Shelter For Scarano-Designed Building On West 9th Street In Carroll Gardens? [PMFA]
· Robert Scarano coverage [Curbed]