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New Owners of Drew Ali Plaza Promise Safer Homes for Brownsville Families

by Brooklyn Eagle

Former Met Mo Vaughn Takes on Fifth Project With City

BROWNSVILLE - Former Met Mo Vaughn and his partner, Eugene Schneur, the new owners of Drew Ali Plaza in Brownsville, have promised to provide safer and rehabilitated homes for 385 families in the complex.

The announcement of the sale of the complex to Vaughn and Schneur, principals of OMNI New York LLC, by the city came as a welcome note following the recent arrests of 35 people who had been intimidating residents with guns and pit bulls and selling drugs, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, at the site.

In making their announcement, Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Emily Youssouf said for years Noble Drew Ali Plaza has been known as a housing complex suffering from owner-neglect and crime. OMNI's acquisition will result in the preservation and improvement of 385 affordable apartments for low-income New Yorkers as part of Mayor Bloomberg's $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan, said Donovan.

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