Tenants at 402-406 Albee Square in downtown Brooklyn object to city plans to move them to remote parts of Manhattan and the Bronx to make way for a park and underground parking lot, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Previously, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development promised to relocate them to “comparable housing,” after it acquired the property through eminent domain, said residents and housing activists. One resident said he was offered a new rental in the Tremont area of the Bronx — a 90-minute commute by train. Many residents are asking to be relocated to the Ingersoll and Walt Whitman houses in nearby Fort Greene, where there are reportedly 800 available units. The city allowed the building to fall into ruin over years, claim residents.
Downtown Evictees: City Booting Us From Brooklyn [Brooklyn Paper]
Downtown Tenants Claim Shoddy Treatment by HPD [Brownstoner]
Willoughby Square Park Plans Resuscitated? [Brownstoner] GMAP
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