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Renderings for a controversial homeless shelter just went up at a construction site at 14 Olive Street in East Williamsburg. Strangely enough, the shelter's design appears to replicate a nineteenth-century stable/factory on the renderings, complete with a rustic sign above the stable door listing "Joseph & Son Restoration Inc.," which appears to be a smoke damage repair service and Brownstoner speculates might eventually employ "formerly homeless people living at the facility." The permit calls for a nine-story, 30-unit dormitory, complete with an "ambulatory diagnostic and treatment health care facility." Unsurprisingly, a neighborhood petition is currently circulating, which raises several issues, including the height (most of the surrounding buildings are two-to-four stories tall), noise, and the shelter's proximity to a school. ['Stoner]