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  • Bill de Blasio Vicki Been

    Bill de Blasio and HPD Commissioner Vicki Been

    Trepidation toward Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandatory inclusionary zoning plans is bubbling up in the very neighborhoods the program aims to help.

    A new report from the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision outlines community fears that new development will raise prices and reduce job opportunities in the neighborhood. It also proposes making more apartments permanently affordable, setting aside 50 percent of affordable units for local residents and requiring more community input on new projects. [more]

  • Bill de Blasio Vicky Been

    From left: Bill de Blasio and Vicky Been

    As Mayor Bill de Blasio struggles to push through his mandatory inclusionary zoning plan, that program’s voluntary cousin is producing an unprecedented quantity of affordable housing.

    The city’s voluntary inclusionary housing program, which incentivizes developers to build affordable units by allowing them to build more total units, has produced a bumper crop of new apartments — just over 3,031 in Fiscal Year 2015. [more]

  • De Blasio’s zoning push kicks off

    September 21, 2015 08:32AM
    From left: Bill de Blasio and Inez Barron

    From left: Bill de Blasio and Inez Barron

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to rezone away the city’s affordable housing problems is finally under way.

    Three zoning proposals will hit the Department of City Planning’s docket Monday afternoon: the rezoning of East New York, along with new rules governing “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” and “Zoning for Quality and Affordability.” [more]

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio at the announcement of his affordable housing plan last year

    Mayor Bill de Blasio walked back his campaign pledge to create 50,000 new units of affordable housing through “mandatory inclusionary zoning” rules.

    The proposed zoning rule change is part of the Mayor’s oft-voiced plan to create or preserve 200,000 affordable units over eight years. [more]

  • Alicia Glen Bill de Blasio Vicki Been

    From left: Alicia Glen, Bill de Blasio and Vicki Been

    Stakeholders are split over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most recent affordable housing proposal, which was unveiled last week and would tie rezonings to mandatory affordable housing requirements. [more]

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    From left: Residences in East New York and Bill de Blasio

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is pledging 1,200 new affordable apartments in East New York over the next two years, city officials said at a Brooklyn planning meeting Wednesday.

    The city’s pledge consists of affordable units built on public and private land and funded through city and state programs. More than three-quarters of the units will be rentals targeted toward families making no more than 60 percent of the area median income. [more]

  • Firefighters battle a blaze at Blue Ridge Farms and the burnt-out building at 3301 Atlantic Avenue

    Firefighters battle a blaze at Blue Ridge Farms and the burnt-out building at 3301 Atlantic Avenue

    Nonprofit developer Phipps Houses is in contract to buy a burnt-out former food-processing plant that’s part of the city’s East New York rezoning plan for $38 million, The Real Deal has learned. [more]

  • From left: Melissa Mark-Viverito and Bill de Blasio

    From left: Melissa Mark-Viverito and Bill de Blasio

    City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has set a timeline for the rezoning of East Harlem, with expectations to “have a clear community-based neighborhood plan” in place by November, she said Wednesday.

    The rezoning, along with similar efforts in East New York and the Bronx, is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to preserve and add more affordable housing units in the city over the next 10 years. [more]

  • City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod and Mayor Bill De Blasio

    City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod and Mayor Bill De Blasio

    In low-rent neighborhoods where the city is planning rezonings to allow developers to build taller towers, the math won’t pencil out without government subsidies, according to a report by the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

    The city has proposed changing the zoning laws in neighborhoods including East New York, East Harlem and Cromwell-Jerome in the Bronx to allow for more density and spur development of affordable housing. [more]

  • Vicki Been

    Vicki Been

    Trying for a reality check, Vicki Been, the commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, told a conference last week: “This is about trade-offs,” referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing plan.

    Residents have been demanding increased improvements as of late in conjunction with the mayor’s plan for 240,000 new housing units, while at the same time demanding protection from displacement and rent increases, according to Crain’s. [more]

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  • From left: Carl Weisbrod and David Greenfield

    From left: Carl Weisbrod and David Greenfield

    The City Planning Commission’s Carl Weisbrod told City Council members today that he expects his department to certify a rezoning application for Brooklyn’s East New York in the spring, but he remains uncertain about timing for the 14 other neighborhoods that may undergo rezoning.

    At a City Hall budget meeting, Weisbrod said, “I do anticipate we will be entering the formal [land use] process this spring” for East New York. But about the other 14 neighborhoods, only half of which have been identified so far, he was less clear. “And on others, I think we are not 100 percent certain yet what the specific target dates are,” he said. [more]

  • From left: Bill de Blasio and Franklin Avenue in East New York

    From left: Bill de Blasio and East New York, Brooklyn

    The rezoning of East New York could add 7,250 housing units by the year 2030, according to a new plan released by the city. [more]

  • Long Island City

    Long Island City

    Developers may be required to include affordable housing in Queens Plaza and Court Square-area projects as part of a Long Island City rezoning plan being reviewed by the Department of City Planning, a mandate that would be a first in New York City. [more]

  • Rendering of new developments in Long Island City's Court Square neighborhood

    Rendering of new developments in Long Island City’s Court Square neighborhood

    Long Island City, one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city, could see even more residential development as City Hall considers a possible rezoning to encourage construction around Queens Plaza. [more]

  • From left: a former rendering for the location and 1560 60th Street

    From left: a former rendering for the location and 1560 60th Street, Brooklyn

    Abraham Leser is bringing a 230,000-square-foot development with 128 apartments to the border of Borough Park and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn. [more]

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    Melissa Mark-Viverito and Brooklyn Navy Yard

    The City Council has proposed a new zoning district to reserve real estate for the manufacturing industry. [more]

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  • hudson-yards

    Hudson Yards rendering

    The rezoning of Hudson Yards to allow for more residential development could ease the commercial leasing struggles of the Related Companies’ massive project, New York YIMBY wrote in an opinion piece.

    Enterprise software firm SAP is the sole tenant at the development paying a face rent that would create significant profit, the website said. [more]

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  • Crown Heights Community District 9 quadrants

    Crown Heights Community District 9 quadrants

    Community Board 9 in Crown Heights narrowly upheld a resolution to request a Department of City Planning review of the neighborhood’s current zoning.

    Tempers flared at the meeting on Tuesday as opponents, including the community group Movement to Protect the People,  demanded the vote be rescinded, DNAinfo reported. At the heart of the opposition is fear that such a review — or the study request as currently worded — could pave the way for high-rise towers once City Planning issues rezoning suggestions, according to the news site. [more]

  • From left: 837 Washington Street and 809

    From left: 837 Washington Street and 809 West 14th Street

    The city should elevate West 14th Street to the status of other major Manhattan thoroughfares by upzoning the western portion of the road and revamping the Meatpacking District, writes New York YIMBY in an editorial. [more]

  • 823 Bergen Street in Crown Heights

    Some building and business owners are calling on the city to rezone a portion of Crown Heights to allow residential properties to rise above light industrial facilities.

    The area just east of Barclays Center is dominated by one-story warehouses and garages due to zoning left over from an era when the neighborhood serviced rail lines along Atlantic Avenue, WNYC reported. But between October and March of this year, there were more apartment building sales transactions in Crown Heights than any other city neighborhood, according to Ariel Property Advisors data cited by the station. That residential demand is leading some to question whether the current zoning is still relevant, and if a plan for mixed-use properties would be a better option. [more]