From OnNYTurf: "On April 15th, The New York City Council ratified the Rezoning of 125th st in Harlem. Council members boasted of the large amount of affordable housing this rezoning would create. Officials said that 1,785 of 3,858 of the apartments planned for Harlem would be "income-targeted". Amanda Burden, chairwoman of the City Planning Commission stated that "The amount of affordable housing that is going to be provided by this rezoning is unprecedented,". So is it time to cheer the salvation of Harlem? A closer look at the number provides the truth. The area median income for Harlem is currently $23,429 Dollars. So you would assume that most of this affordable housing would be targeted at the income of the community. Remember City Planning and the City Council both have stated that the Affordable would be income targeted. So out of the 3,858 units in this plan guess how many are targeted to the income of Harlem residents. 200! Only 200 units are for incomes of $30,750 dollars or less.
Also the so called "affordable Housing" is based on voluntary programs; NONE of the units are mandated so it's questionable how many of these claimed affordable units would even be built. It's important to remind our elected that when they loosely use terms like "Income targeted housing" to give the illusion that they are protecting a community when in fact the rezoning does the exact opposite. In the end this rezoning has NOTHING to do with rational planning. It has nothing to do with community wishes, rational use of resources or reasonable debate. It is ALL about City Planning and the City Council making things easier for developers. And the victims will be many of the longtime residents of Harlem who true income levels were ignored."
The New 125th St Rezoning, How Affordable is that Affordable Housing?