Published in the Courier News, Sunday, September 2, 2007
Park Hotel license renewed for year
The state Department of Community Affairs has renewed the Park Hotel's license for another year, spokesman Chris Donnelly said Friday.
In May, Assemblyman Jerry Green called for closure of the 182-bed facility that serves mentally-disabled people, saying the residents should be relocated to small group homes.
On Friday, Green said the facility is outmoded and said he still hopes the state Department of Health and Senior Services will find more suitable places for the residents. He said a new state policy is not to have more than 12 people live in a group setting.
The license renewal is good until Aug. 31, 2008.
Green said the residents wander around during the day, and he wants the management to make a plan to curb loitering. Green said the owners also need to make a safety plan for the hotel and added that he hopes the owner will meet with Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs to discuss the hotel's future.
Representatives from the Park Hotel could not be reached for comment Friday.
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