Protest held over controversial transitional housing plan in Jericho
A protest was held Tuesday over a controversial transitional housing plan in Jericho.
Protesters rallied in front the of the Nassau Legislature in Mineola, speaking out against the planned development of the Jericho homeless shelter.
They say it was approved without the consent of residents and are calling for transparency from the developers.
The plan is to convert the old Hampton Inn hotel at the intersection of Brush Hollow Road and Jericho Turnpike into a shelter.
Legislator Rose Walker says this project was happening without notice, oversight and or input from the community - and it was moving forward without safety, traffic or environmental studies.
Officials say the shelter would house 80 families, and it will be a heavy cost to taxpayers.
Residents against the project say they want the homeless to have a roof over their heads, but there are other ways to help those struggling to find a home.
The Town of Oyster Bay filed a lawsuit based on zoning issues and a state Supreme Court judge issued a temporary restraining order. The project is on hold for now.