WASHINGTON — A Northwest Washington neighborhood group is suing over a plan to build a homeless shelter on the grounds of an Idaho Avenue police station.

The lawsuit is the first legal challenge to the city’s plan to close the large shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital and build smaller homeless shelters around the city. The D.C. Superior Court lawsuit relates only to the city’s plan to build a 50-bed shelter in the parking lot of the police department’s 2nd District Station.

The police station is near the corner of Idaho Ave. and Newark St., just off Wisconsin Ave. in Cathedral Heights.

David Brown, a lawyer for the group called Neighbors for Responsive Government, says residents didn’t have a forum to voice concerns about how the shelter would affect the neighborhood and police station’s operation.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelsohn says he is confident that the city will prevail in the lawsuit.

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