FiDi community board pushes to create more affordable housing

April 04, 2012 05:30PM

Manhattan Community Board 1 is currently working on a pitch for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Convert A Chambers Street property into affordable housing, a school and a non-profit organization, Downtown Express reported. The letter will be drafted in the next coming days, according to the paper, and it will request that the city choose a developer who will guarantee some affordable housing on the site.

The news comes 12 weeks after Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer opposed Bloomberg’s plan to sell the city-owned properties, at 49-51 Chambers Street, 22 Reade Street and 346 Broadway, for the need of “public benefits.” Combined, the three buildings total 669,000 square feet and are currently occupied by tenants. In addition, according to Downtown Express, 49-51 houses CB1’s offices, the city Board of Correction, the Department of Education, the New York Police Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“I think this is an easy victory for the board to actually get affordable housing,” CB1 Housing Committee Chair Tom Goodkind told Downtown Express. [Downtown Express]