Protest over high-end building set for public-housing land

May 31, 2017
In The News

Folks are coming out against the city's plan to build high-end housing on public-housing land, according to the Daily News.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney and tenants at Holmes Towers on the Upper East Side yesterday protested the city Housing Authority's selection of a developer to build a 47-story tower on a playground located between two public-housing buildings. Under the plan the city will collect a $25 million upfront fee and lease the land to the developer for 99 years. The building would be 50% affordable.

Maloney is looking at drafting a bill that would require all new housing built on public-housing land to be 100% affordable.

"At a time when NYCHA is facing unprecedented proposed federal budget cuts, we’re focused on raising money for vital repairs and frontline services for the half a million families, seniors and disabled New Yorkers who call the Housing Authority home," said NYCHA in a statement. "Efforts should be spent fighting Trump’s devastating budget proposal, not on stopping a program that will bring in $25 million for the housing Authority, including $12.5 million for repairs at Holmes Towers."