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Furious Harlem residents forced New York Mayor Eric Adams into a humiliating u-turn on plans to house migrants in an empty luxury apartment building after they spotted bunk-beds being discreetly delivered.

The WA condominium off 130th Street promised buyers an indoor swimming pool, marble bathrooms and a rooftop running track, before the project was put on ice in a neighborhood with a chronic housing shortage.

Schools, nursing homes and a string of landmark hotels have been requisitioned to house many of the 170,000 migrants who have arrived in the city since the spring of 2022.

But neighbors of the condominium in Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard were determined it was not going to go the same way.

‘We were trying to find out what was going on, and we weren’t getting any answers to our questions,’ neighbor Regina Smith told CBS.

Eric Adams is confronted by furious Harlem residents over plans to move migrants into luxury building

New York Mayor Eric Adams promised angry residents the long-empty building would not be used to house migrants or asylum seekers

Tiffany Fulton said the neighborhood already had enough residents looking for homes

Tiffany Fulton said the neighborhood already had enough residents looking for homes

The WA condominium off 130th Street promised buyers an indoor swimming pool, marble bathrooms and a rooftop running track

The WA condominium off 130th Street promised buyers an indoor swimming pool, marble bathrooms and a rooftop running track

The Mayor faced an angry reception when he agreed to meet residents at an emergency meeting on Thursday night.

‘You are the mayor. We do not want to hear excuses,’ one told him.

‘No, I don’t agree with it turning into a sanctuary for asylum seekers knowing we have people right here that need the space,’ said Tiffany Fulton of Silent Voices United.

‘We should have been informed I’m looking for answers.’

The 35-apartment development was marketed as a luxury doorman building complete with granite countertops in kitchens a state-of-the-art fitness center and marble bathrooms.

But it has sat empty for more than a decade, appearing briefly as a location in a 2021 episode of Law & Order SVU when it was served as the exterior for the ‘Camino Family Center’.

‘WA Condominiums is one of the newest condominiums in the storied neighborhood of Central Harlem,’ the developer’s website promises.

‘This modern luxury building is surrounded by the jazz clubs, theaters, and ethnic cuisine the area is known for.’

But it is also now known for the migrant shelters dotting the area in a city that is planning to spend $12 billion over the next three years handling the influx.

The building in central Harlem has sat empty for more than a decade

The building in central Harlem has sat empty for more than a decade 

Prospective buyers were tempted with a marbled rooftop indoor swimming pool

Prospective buyers were tempted with a marbled rooftop indoor swimming pool

Birds-eye views of the Manhattan skyline came as part of the package

Birds-eye views of the Manhattan skyline came as part of the package 

But the building sat empty for more than a decade until neighbors saw delivery vans pull up

But the building sat empty for more than a decade until neighbors saw delivery vans pull up

Inside were boxes of rudimentary furniture including a stack of twin-sixed bunk-beds

Inside were boxes of rudimentary furniture including a stack of twin-sixed bunk-beds 

New York has seen 170,000 migrants arrive in the city since the spring of 2022

New York has seen 170,000 migrants arrive in the city since the spring of 2022 

Neighbors of the condominium in Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard were determined it should be used to house local people rather than new arrivals

Neighbors of the condominium in Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard were determined it should be used to house local people rather than new arrivals 

Thousands of migrants are still arriving every week after being bussed up from the southern border by Republican governors, prompting Adams to warn that the crisis will ‘destroy’ New York.

In December, the Democrat announced a $110.5 billion budget, claiming cuts across all departments were necessary after the city spent $1.45 billion in fiscal 2023 on the migrant crisis.

The budget cuts would cause NYPD officers to be cut by a fifth, or 13.5 percent, by postponing the next five academy classes, bringing officers below 30,000 – down from 36,000.

Tensions have soared even higher since two New York police officers were brutally beaten by a crowd of migrants who set upon them in Times Square on January 27.

A total of eight migrants have been charged since the attack and police are still on the lookout for at least eight other suspects they believe were involved in the melee. 

‘We have too many homeless shelters in this community,’ Smith said.

‘We have a dearth of affordable housing we’re being priced out of the community.

‘The lack of respect is absolutely appalling.’

‘There was no discussion, no conversation about this plan with the community,’ said Marquis Harrison of community group CB 10.

‘There’s a need for housing for community members as well.’

The anger appeared to result in a rare win for residents as they extracted a promise that migrants would not be among the new arrivals.

‘You will not have migrants and asylum seekers in that property,’ Adams promised them.

‘I told the team, ‘Find out what’s going on here’.

‘We’re not moving folks into a brand new building when you have long-term needs in a community. ‘That’s not gonna happen.’

Tensions in the city have been high since two New York police officers were brutally beaten by a crowd of migrants who set upon them in Times Square on January 27

Tensions in the city have been high since two New York police officers were brutally beaten by a crowd of migrants who set upon them in Times Square on January 27

The city has now promised to use the site to provide 'high-quality transitional housing for long-term New York City families with children experiencing homelessness'

The city has now promised to use the site to provide ‘high-quality transitional housing for long-term New York City families with children experiencing homelessness’

A spokesman for the New York City Department of Social Services said its plans were now for the building to provide ‘high-quality transitional housing for long-term New York City families with children experiencing homelessness’.

‘Despite the developer’s initial plans for market rate condominiums, development had been stalled and this building left indefinitely empty it would not have advanced as luxury housing,’ the spokesman added in a statement.

‘We will be working with an experienced not-for-profit provider to help these families stabilize their lives and ultimately move into permanent housing.

‘As we have always done, we will continue to maintain open lines of communication and work closely with the community every step of the way to ensure that we are collaboratively working to provide critical services for our neighbors in need.’



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