The city is widening its search for private-sector firms to help craft a key portion of the mayor's affordable-housing plan.
The Housing Development Corp. is seeking firms to analyze real estate markets around the city and locate neighborhoods that might be ripe for mandatory inclusionary zoning—a policy that would require affordable apartments to be built as part of new developments in areas that are rezoned for taller new buildings.
Mandatory inclusionary zoning is a cornerstone of Mayor Bill de Blasio's effort to build 80,000 more affordable-housing apartments over the next decade.
But after a July 25 application deadline netted two complete proposals, HDC extended its application period until Aug. 28 due to additional firms that expressed interest in applying for the project.
The administration wants the private-sector firms it hires to find locations where mandatory inclusionary zoning rules would encourage development.
Eventually, the winning bidder would also be responsible for proposing changes to the city's existing inclusionary housing program, which offers extra development rights to builders in exchange for including affordable units in new construction but is optional.