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Final Post Letter

Final Post Letter

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Published by: Brian Hegt on Aug 27, 2013
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 August 6, 2013Mr. John B. Swartwout, P.E.Section Chief  New York State Department of Environmental ConservationDivision of Environmental RemediationRemedial Bureau A, 12
th
Floor 625 BroadwayAlbany, New York 12233-7015
RE: SGT Joseph Muller United States ArmyReserve Center, 555 East 238
th
St., Bronx NY
Dear Mr. Swartwout:As elected officials representing portions of the City of Yonkers, we write to express our concernregarding adequate environmental remediation at the proposed homeless shelter to be located atthe SGT Joseph Muller Army Reserve Center at 555 West 238th Street in the Bronx. The site is a
short walk to one of Yonkers‟ main business and residential communities located along McLean
Avenue and as you know, is strongly opposed
 by our Yonkers‟ constituents.
We have been informed that the Department of Defense transfer of the Muller Armory isimminent. However, we believe there are outstanding issues regarding the requiredenvironmental remediation at the facility. Specifically, in your letter dated May 7, 2013, it was
noted that section 4.6 of the draft Finding of Suitability to Transfer (hereafter “the Draft FOST”)
stated
that “the transferee does not intend to use the property for residential purposes in thefuture” despite t
he well chronicled intent of the City of New York to convert the premises to ahomeless shelter. In the Army response, it notes that the Muller Armory will be
used “bytransient adults” and “does not constitute a „residential property‟ subject to the requ
irements of the Residential Lead-
Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act” and “will be available for short
-term
occupancy (less than 100 days).”
We believe that it appears that the Army is unappreciative of the realities of the homelessnessepidemic in New York City. On August 22, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported the averagelength of stay at New York City homeless shelters continued to increase for both families and for adults:
“For families with children, the average length of stay is 337 days, b
ut for adult families,the average is 414 days
 — 
more than a year 
 — 
an 18.6% jump from the previous fiscalyear. For single adults in shelters, the average stay is 270 days, an 8% increase from the
 previous fiscal year.”
 

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