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Story of the Day: Future of the Muller Center To Be Debated Tonight
A hearing is scheduled tonight to get public input on the fate of the Muller Army Reserve Center, a 55,000-square-foot former military base in Wakefield that the Bloomberg administration wants to turn into a homeless shelter.
Community leaders and elected officials, including BP Ruben Diaz, Jr., strongly oppose the plan, arguing the neighborhood is already over-saturated with homeless shelters. Diaz and education advocates propose the 238th Street site become the new home for the National Guard, currently stationed in an annex of the Kingsbridge Armory-a move they say would free up the Armory space so the city could build a new school there, providing more classroom seats for School District 10, one of the most crowded districts in the city.
The decision was in the hands of the Muller Redevelopment Authority (LRA) – a panel made up of Diaz, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Tokumbo Shobowale, the chief of staff for Deputy Mayor Robert Steel. Last fall, Diaz intentionally missed a scheduled meeting of the authority in order to delay a vote on the issue. Tonight's hearing starts at 6 p.m. at P.S. 21, 715 225th Street.