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Spa City residents file suit in response to planned "Code Blue" shelter

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Twenty residents have filed a lawsuit in response to a planned “Code Blue” homeless shelter.

The shelter would be on the property of the Shelters of Saratoga location on Walworth Street. Executive Director Michael Finocchi says it would keep 50 homeless people out of the cold.

“We’re committed to see this through, it’s a much needed program for the city. As you may know, five years ago a woman froze to death on the streets here”, Finocchi tells CBS 6.

Joe Bonilla, a spokesperson for the residents suing to stop the shelter, says the concern is how adding the structure would impact the neighborhood.

Bonilla said “Usually these locations have public transportation accessibilities and things like that. This neighborhood does not have that capacity for that.”

But Finocchi says any worries are unfounded, and there are rarely problems at any shelters, including this temporary “code blue” shelter location on Henry Street.

“This way, if they’re right across our parking lot, it’s very easy for someone to walk from Code Blue, over to case management," Finocchi said.

Finocchi says because of this new lawsuit, the idea will go back to the zoning board for public comment and a vote.

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