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Once-controversial special needs housing opens

What a difference three years makes.

A non-profit group that once divided the South Slope with a proposal to house formerly homeless and low-income adults with special needs in a Fifth Avenue building received a warm welcome to the neighborhood on Friday.

Even Borough President Markowitz, who opposed an early version of the proposal, was on hand at the formal ribbon cutting to cheer the Fifth Avenue Committee’s $14-million conversion of a parking lot into a five-story, 49-unit building.

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In fact, Markowitz, whose objections resulted in the inclusion of more units for senior citizens, was eager to meet his new constituents.

read more at The Brooklyn Paper: Once-controversial special needs housing opens to cheers on Fifth Ave.

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