Judge extends order blocking Crown Heights shelter

For the time being, there will continue to be a restraining order preventing the shelter from opening at 1173 Bergen St. For the time being, there will continue to be a restraining order preventing the shelter from opening at 1173 Bergen St.
BROOKLYN -

The plan to open a controversial homeless shelter in Crown Heights will remain in limbo as a judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order blocking it from moving forward.

Attorneys representing both the city and Crown Heights activists left the courtroom after more than an hour of meeting behind closed doors. The judge called it a fruitful discussion.

For the time being, there will continue to be a restraining order preventing the shelter from opening at 1173 Bergen St.

The shelter is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to address the homeless crisis plaguing the city by opening 90 new shelters. But Crown Heights residents have protested against the Bergen Street shelter, arguing that there are enough shelters in their area, while wealthier areas are getting far fewer facilities.

The city did present an amended fair share analysis that looked at the number of shelters in the area and how they might affect the community.

The next court hearing is scheduled for May 15, when oral arguments will be made and the judge is expected to make a final ruling.

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