Mayor Bloomberg's plan to redevelop Willets Point in Queens is hamstrung because the borough is getting just 4% of new homes for the poor under the city's affordable housing program.
Housing feud halts $3B Willets Pt. plan
Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) said he can't back the $3 billion Willets Point project unless it sets aside one-third of its new homes for the poor and another third for middle-income families.
Of more than 46,000 apartments created under Bloomberg's housing plan for families making less than $50,000 a year, just 3.7% are in Queens, the Independent Budget Office says.
That's far fewer than Queens deserves, Monserrate said, because a Pratt Center for Community Development analysis found that almost 24% of New York families earning less than $50,000 a year live in Queens.
The city Economic Development Corp. wants to turn the dilapidated area known as the "Iron Triangle" into a gleaming new development of homes, shops, hotels and a school around a convention center. The EDC has not said much about affordable housing there.
Lieber said the administration wants some of the estimated 5,500 homes created there to be reserved for low- to middle-income housing, but that Monserrate's proposal isn't feasible given the huge costs of cleaning up Willets Point.
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