The city will open a new migrant relief center outside a psychiatric center in Queens, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday. 

The center will be constructed in the parking lot of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, Adams said in a news release. 

The site will house and provide services for up to 1,000 single adult men seeking asylum, helping them “reach their desired destination, if not New York City,” the release said. 

Adams said the space is being provided by the state, while any “associated costs of the site,” including “construction, maintenance, and staffing,” will be reimbursed to the city. 

“We’re grateful to New York state for this support opening our newest humanitarian relief center as we continue to work to help asylum seekers reach their final destination,” Adams said in a statement. “New York City needs additional support from all our partners to address this issue.”

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said last week that the psychiatric center was being considered as a possible site for a relief center.

Some politicians in the area have voiced opposition to the idea of using the site to house asylum seekers. Among other concerns, elected officials have noted that the area has limited public transportation options.

Several elected officials in the area, including Richards and City Council member Linda Lee, spoke out against considering Creedmoor as a site for asylum seekers at a press conference last week.



Richards referenced these concerns in a statement released after Wednesday’s announcement.

“Queens will always open its arms to any and all people wishing to seek refuge and build a better life here,” Richards’ statement reads, in part. “But that openness should not be confused with naiveté. That is why Queens needs the Mayor’s Office to immediately establish a Community Advisory Board, made up of local elected officials and neighborhood stakeholders, to address the numerous valid concerns that have already been raised regarding a potential HERRC on the Creedmoor campus.”

The city is currently caring for over 56,200 asylum seekers, and has opened more than 190 emergency shelters since asylum seekers began arriving in the five boroughs last spring, the release said.