Board calls for all-affordable resi tower at city-owned lot

Hell's Kitchen site could hold 45 stories and more than 300 units

493 Eleventh Avenue
493 11th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen (credit: Google Maps)

A Manhattan community board has proposed converting a city-owned parking lot in Hell’s Kitchen into a 322-unit affordable housing tower.

The parking lot, at 493 11th Avenue, between West 39th and 40th streets, should be the site of “a 100 percent permanently affordable building,” Community Board 4 wrote in a letter last week to the city’s Economic Development Corporation and Department of Housing Preservation & Development.

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The community board pointed to “rising rents in the Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton neighborhood” and an increase in high-end market rate residential units that are “threatening the economic diversity of the district,” DNAinfo reported.

The letter suggests that the majority of apartments in any such project be two-bedroom and three-bedroom units available to a range of affordable incomes, with any residential tower topping out at a maximum of 45 floors.

Community Board 4 members last year planned to write a “letter of outrage” to state officials regarding development rights at The James Farley Post Office On Eighth Avenue near Penn Station. [DNAinfo]Rey Mashayekhi