Tuesday, March 29, 2016
CB7 wants affordable housing dedicated to its constituents
From the Queens Chronicle:
Community Board 7 voted to reject a special permit application to build an affordable housing site at 133-45 41 Ave. on Monday.
The main reason for the rejection, as was frequently mentioned at the hearing, was the proposed allocation of units. Though 50 percent has been offered to residents of the CB 7 area, where the site is located, the other half is split between constituents of CB 3 and CB 4.
The proposed structure is a nine-story, almost 27,000-square-foot mixed-use building with 232 affordable housing units and retail on the ground floor. An underground garage with 229 spaces at One Flushing would provide parking.
The lot is owned by the city, requiring the permit. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development aims to contract Monadnock Development and other partners to make it an affordable housing site that includes services for seniors.
If the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal is approved for the project, 25 percent of the site’s units would become permanently affordable, and it would be legally possible to make the remaining apartments market-rate.
The groups involved with the proposal —HPD, HANAC, Monadnock, and Asian Americans for Equality — gave a joint presentation about the project before the vote. The details of the One Flushing proposal were already familiar to many board members, though, as the panel’s Land Use Committee had already met several times with the city agency and its private partners.