De Blasio criticizes City Council vote on Inwood rezoning

Mayor claims opposition to project "makes no sense"

Aug.August 19, 2016 07:30 AM

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday slammed a City Council vote not to rezone an Inwood development site.

“There was a chance to get, I think it was 67 affordable units of those in the community,” the mayor said during a Bronx press conference. “Now we have zero affordable units. Someone tell me why that’s a victory.”

“So this one makes no sense to me, and I’m going to be very straight-up with people in this community and every other community: Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face,” he added.

The proposed rezoning at 4650 Broadway would have been the first under City Hall’s mandatory inclusionary housing program, which allows developers to build taller in exchange for affordability concessions.   But local Council member Ydanis Rodriguez opposed the rezoning, and on Tuesday City Council followed suit, voting down the proposal 45-0.

The developers Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust TRData LogoTINY had planned to build a 15-story property with 175 affordable apartments of the total 355.

Some local residents had publicly opposed the project, claiming it would “displace” locals.

De Blasio on Thursday attacked that logic. “If people are frustrated by gentrification and development, and then turn down an opportunity to create affordable housing, brand-new affordable housing, that does not make sense,” he said. “And now the developer gets to do whatever he wants.” [Crain’s]Konrad Putzier

Related Articles

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the message this week ahead of a formal plan to combat social gathering in the city. (Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images and Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

New York City to enforce social distancing at parks, playgrounds

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by William Farrington-Pool/Getty Images)

Mayor questions allowing condo construction during pandemic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, iStock)

Governor gives NYC 24 hours to make crowd-reduction plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by William Farrington-Pool/Getty Images)

De Blasio says he will pursue rent moratorium

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: EuropaNewswire/Gado/Getty Images)

De Blasio considering shelter-in-place order

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference about COVID-19 (Credit: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wre/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

NYC restaurants, bars, schools closed to prevent virus spread

During de Blasio’s state of the city address last month, the mayor proposed a vacancy tax once again, in a bid to tackle the city’s 12,000 empty storefronts. (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

San Francisco passed a tax on vacant storefronts. What does that mean for NYC?

Blackstone's Jonathan Gray and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty  Images)

City sides with tenants at Stuy Town in case against Blackstone