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de Blasio calls for mandatory affordable housing in six neighborhoods– including LIC

QueensPlazaFeb. 3, 2015 By Christian Murray

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in his state of the city address, said that affordable housing is going to be mandatory in a number of neighborhoods–including Long Island City

He said that affordable housing would be required in Long Island City, East New York, the Jerome Avenue Corridor in The Bronx, Flushing West and the Bay Street Corridor in Staten Island.

“Part of the problem is that the city has for decades let developers write their own rules when it came to building housing,” de Blasio said, according to DNAinfo.  “Sometimes projects included affordable housing…but far too often, they did not,” he added.

The Department of City Planning has already started conducting a study as to whether it should rezone 100 Long Island City streets, which include Queens Plaza (from Queensbridge Houses to Northern Boulevard) and parts of Court Square

John Young, the director of the Queens office of City Planning, told the LICPost last week that the department is currently studying the area to determine whether it should upzone the district as a means to promote affordable housing as well as commercial activity.

Prior to deBlasio’s announcement, Young told the LICPost that if the area were rezoned, it would include mandatory affordable housing.

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What does “affordable” mean? Does it mean low-income for which the majority of the middle class doesn’t qualify or is it the “affordable” $2k apartments like the ones in Hunters Point?


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