City & State: NYC Has Planned Migrant Tent Shelter to be Built in a Bronx Flood Zone

September 25, 2022

Environmental Justice, Immigrant Justice, News

A no parking sign is submerged in a flood of water.

CITY & STATE | SEPTEMBER 2022

Mayor Eric Adams’ office announced Orchard Beach as the location of new temporary housing for newly-arrived asylum seekers with a capacity of up to 1,000 adults at a time. However, many activists are voicing concern about the placement of the relief center, pointing out that a coastal parking lot in the Bronx — nicknamed “Lake Orchard” for its frequent flooding — is inadequate, especially with hurricanes on the way.

NYLPI’s Director of Environmental Justice Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright commented:

“Everybody knows that it’s one of the more vulnerable geographies in the New York area. It’s disappointing that this is the location that has been settled upon.”

Read more at City & State.

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