BK shelter closed to make way for parking lot

A group of activists held a rally Monday night to protest the state's decision to raze a homeless shelter in order to make space for

BROOKLYN - A group of activists held a rally Monday night to protest the state's decision to raze a homeless shelter in order to make space for the new Nets arena.

The developers of the Atlantic Yards project used eminent domain to shutter the Pacific Dean Shelter, which had been home to more than 80 families, and clear the way for a temporary parking lot.

Not everyone, however, is sad to see the shelter closed. Some residents welcome the plans for the neighborhood.

The Department of Homeless Services says all the families that were staying at the Dean Street shelter were either placed in permanent housing or absorbed into other shelters.

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