Bushwick residents are furious. A new luxury condo building at 979 Willoughby Avenue has been turned into a halfway house by ex-felon Ashley Khan, 35, who sees the house as an opportunity to change the world.
When developer Benjamin Glasser took a chance on the Bushwick project he invested $3.8 million into the building. In 2007, Glasser was selling each of the eight units for $688,000 each. Floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and roof decks were all part of the package.
Construction delays stretched into much of last year when the market crashed and Glasser was forced to rent out the building to Khan, who was on parole for a robbery.
Khan set up a company, Global Humanitarian Service, and has leased the building to run a for-profit halfway house for drug addicts. “I really want to help people,” he said. “I want to save the world.”