Bobby Butler of Indaculture fame made, what is in my opinion, the greatest observation in the Beach 101st Street shelter debate. He expressed bewilderment as to how a developer could convert a warehouse on Beach 101st Street into a homeless shelter in less six months. His bewilderment was born out of the fact that it has taken the Harbor Light almost six years to rebuild and get permits.
The mere fact that two projects take such disproportionate amounts of time to navigate the city’s Department of Buildings’ massive bureaucracy is glaring. One can only surmise that there are injustices at play in the Harbor Light permit to hinder their progress or injustices at play in the Beach 101st planned shelter to fast-track their progress.