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Glen: Development near public housing “amazing” opportunity

Deputy mayor backs controversial plan to put up senior housing near NYCHA buildings
June 18, 2014 09:00AM

Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said there are some “amazing” development opportunities within the New York City Housing Authority. She spoke during a panel organized by Crain’s on Tuesday.

Glen called the city’s 334 public housing developments “naturally occurring retirement communities.” Around 400,000 New Yorkers currently live in NYCHA housing.

Some of the apartments that are now occupied by senior citizens, Glen said Tuesday, might be better suited for families. Glen said that if the city were to build studio apartments for seniors alongside NYCHA developments, larger units could then go to working families.

The idea of building on underutilized land next to the city’s public housing developments to boost NYCHA’s finances is not without controversy. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn’t able to carry out a similar plan — called rightsizing — and was criticized for the idea by current Mayor Bill de Blasio. [Capital NY] — Claire Moses