Muller LRA Process Abandoned
Bloomberg Administration hosts Hearing to Solicit Public Comment, Despite Having Made a Decision on the Reuse of the Muller Facility in November
Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. blasted the Bloomberg Administration for its refusal to follow through on a vote of the Muller Local Redevelopment Authority regarding a proposal to locate a 200-bed men’s shelter at the Muller Army Reserve Center, located at 555 Nereid Avenue, on the border of the Wakefield and Woodlawn neighborhoods.
Instead, the Bloomberg administration is claiming that a vote was held in November 2010, despite having hosted a public hearing on June 22, 2011, to solicit public input on the reuse of the facility in advance of a vote.
“It is crystal clear that the mayor’s office had no intention of ever really listening to the Bronx community on this issue. Despite close to 350 attendees of last week’s hearing—all of whom voiced their opposition to the plan—the Bloomberg administration is ignoring the clear will of the public and pretending that a vote took place last year,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Diaz continued, “If a vote took place in November 2010, why did they bother having a public hearing last week? This bizarre decision shows an utter contempt for the people of Woodlawn, Wakefield and Kingsbridge Heights, if not the entire Bronx.”
Pursuant to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the LRA is required to solicit community input in developing recommendations for the federal government on the reuse of surplus military facilities.
The failure of the Bloomberg administration to both consider this public input and to disregard the BRAC process has led the borough president’s office to seriously consider legal recourse.
“Everyone, with the exception of the Bloomberg administration, believes that the Muller facility should be used to house the National Guard units at the Kingsbridge Armory, freeing up their current home for public school construction. That the administration has not only ignored this recommendation, but is inventing meetings and votes to justify their position, is both an act of delusional desperation and a slap in the face to the Bronx,” said Borough President Diaz.