6 thoughts on “Staten Island Rezoning: Should Public Sites be Used for Housing, Open Space?

  1. Still a somewhat dangerous area, the new developments will help. But I’m afraid the ‘affordable’ housing will end up as low-income housing which will hurt the area further. Conditions vary block by block. People are buying and renovating old homes in the area, other blocks are a mess.

  2. There is no way they are going to get 50% affordable units without major outside subsidized bond financing. The NYCHDC just does not have the capital for a project of this scale, combined with so many others. It would have to come from the HUD HFA, which as far as I know still only does 20% affordable projects. This is always a problem with the Department of City Planning. They have had grand hopes for Stapleton for 30 years – the co-ops and condos there now in converted warehouses were done in the mid 1980s. But economics eludes them, or at least they overestimate how much the city relies on trickle-down economics.

    Still a well-written article though!

  3. I live in a small house with a yard in Stapleton in the Bay Street Corridor area and worry about being displaced if my landlord decides to sell to a developer who will demolish my and neighbors’ buildings to build bigger apartment buildings. We won’t qualify for low-income housing or be able to afford expensive new ones, so where will people like us go? This is a settled residential neighborhood with many longtime homeowners and renters, primarily small one- or two-family homes (as well as some larger very lovely Victorian houses) along Van Duzer Street, a block from and parallel to Bay. Most of the denser housing would be on the water side of Bay, which is a flood zone and was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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