After gaining approval from Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City officials intend to shelter migrants at a former jail in Harlem, according to reports on Sunday.
According to the New York Daily News and local channel NY1, Governor Hochul has given the city permission to utilize the former Lincoln Correction Facility, which is situated at the northern end of Central Park in Manhattan, as a place to lodge 500 refugees while they look for more suitable housing.
The Lincoln Correction Facility, which shut in 2019, was run by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and built-in 1976 as a low-security jail.
The structure had earlier served as a center for troops throughout World War II and as housing for newly moved Jewish women throughout World War I.
Additionally, Hochul is looking for ideas for redeveloping the unoccupied, 10,000 square-foot land. The deadline for those bids was last week.