Wednesday, August 17, 2016
First project under MIH rules rejected by council
A request to build a bigger building in Inwood with half of the units designated as "affordable" has been unanimously rejected by the NYC Council Land Use Committee.
About 250 neighbors stood on the sidewalk Monday evening on the Upper Manhattan sidewalk in front of the old auto showroom to hear Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez's announcement about the corner of Broadway and Sherman Avenue.
Councilmember Rodriguez announced on Monday that he would not support the owner's request to rezone the property.
The final proposal to "upzone" for a bigger building with more density would have include 50% affordable units.
Under the current zoning for the property, the developer is able to construct a residential building on the site.
Councilmember Rodriguez says he decided the project was not what the neighborhood wanted and it was not in its best interests to proceed. He says he is focusing on "Inwood NYC" a bigger redevelopment project, with more units of affordable housing.