Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Affordable housing requirement was really just a suggestion
From DNA Info:
An investigation by a local historic preservation group has found that a number of "oversized new developments" in the neighborhood's affordable housing zones were approved by the city without requiring affordable housing, according to a report.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation said in a statement Monday that its investigation of Department of Building records found at least five cases in recent years where the city approved new developments "with greater square footage than allowed for market-rate developments, without requiring any affordable housing either on-site or off, as mandated by law."
The developments identified by the GVSHP were: 84 Third Ave./138 E. 12th St. (“The Nathaniel”); 152-154 Second Ave.; 118 E. First St.; 438 E. 12th St.; and 67 Ave. C.
Much of the East Village, including the avenues and Houston Street, consists of "inclusionary housing" districts. Inclusionary housing limits how many square feet a new development can be without affordable housing included.