6 thoughts on “Community Developers Say City’s Housing Plan Leaves Them Behind

  1. This is just like The coalition of the rockaways Bruce Jacobs said the greedy developers get everything and the small neighborhood people get nothing this so called affordable housing is Only a percentage of a program that helps. Some people with alot of residents getting hurt by this program The coalition of the rockaways will watch everything envolved all parties in. This. Process

  2. Community Not For Profit developer- N.E.R.V.E., Inc. submitted a comprehensive residential proposal for the 111th St site in East Harlem that far exceeded the winning “selected” developer’s plan. Shamefully, less affordable units are now going to be built with more NYC and NYS required financing subsidies by a private builder with “supposedly” deeper pockets; while utilizing less of their own financial commitment, than by the local community group with a 45 year successful history of owner/ managed low income affordable housing experience. The community deserves more, but the NYC overseers settles for less when it comes to giving away the store. An investigation appears to be in order to get to the bottom of the art of this deal…

  3. It’s a bit shady how L&M continues to get contracts by HPD.
    Let’s see the Tolan building built by them has a ton of construction defects.
    PS 90 in Harlem is surrounded by scaffolding due to shoddy construction
    Madison Park built by HPD & L&M also has millions of dollars of construction defects
    Schaeffer Landing – ongoing construction defects built by HPD & L&M
    Riverbridge Court when built months later there were so many issues resident had to move out and repairs had to be made, and L&M had to cover the cost of their accommodations. Did HPD address this? Was there any hmmm, how did this happen?

  4. The writer, Jarrett Murphy, repeatedly states that City-owned land available for development is “scarce.” However, Comptroller Scott Stringer’s report of 1,100 City-owned sites is not addressed. While some of the parcels Stringer uncovered may be small, in the aggregate 1,100 sites controlled and developed via a not-for-profit land trust would go a long way toward meeting NYC’s need for truly affordable housing. As for the East 111th Street development in East Harlem, it should be noted that community visioning sessions which informed the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan yielded a consensus of allowing greater density in exchange for more truly affordable units. Community activists and certain members of Community Board 11 advocated that a minimum of 800 apartments be built on the East 111th Street site–not 655–with deep levels of affordability in accordance with actual average incomes earned in the neighborhood. The density resulting from 800 units on the site would be comparable to other nearby East Harlem developments, such as Taino Towers and Heritage on Fifth, and considerably less than a number of luxury developments on the Upper East Side, such as Normandie Court on 96th Street. Yet, without any ostensible rationale, HPD ignored the call to maximize the housing benefit of one of the last full-block, City-owned sites in East Harlem.

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