Affordable Housing Planned Near BAM

According to Community Board Two, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development plans to release an RFP for a development site in the BAM Cultural District. The area in question is on the northwest corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place, right across from BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building. There are no details yet but since the RFP is coming from HPD, this can only mean affordable housing is coming to the area, certainly good news in a development-heavy neighborhood that hasn’t seen much affordable housing recently. An informational meeting on the matter will be held during the CB2 land use committee meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5 MetroTech Center.

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  • Wouldn’t it be great if they included a new public school within the eventual development to serve the hundreds of families with children that have moved into the downtown footprint?

  • BrooklynSteve, a new school doesn’t make much sense in that location. Most of the schools to the east of Downtown Brooklyn have space availabilities.

    As the area further gentrifies, I assume that more affluent parents will put more of their kids in the neighborhood schools, but there definitely isn’t a classroom space crisis compared to other parts of the city.

  • NeoGrec

    I thought that was the site for the new Theater for a New Audience?

  • “certainly good news in a development-heavy neighborhood that hasn’t seen much affordable housing recently.”

    I couldn’t disagree more. The last thing this neighborhood, the borough of Brooklyn, and NYC in general needs is more affordable housing.

    What we need is more (a lot more) market rate housing so 20 somethings can actually afford to live here.

    We have more people living in NYCHA housing alone than the entire population of Boston. Then add all of the HUD housing, section 8 vouchers, rent stabilized apartments, rent controlled apartments, 80/20 housing, and many many other types of tax payer subsidized housing. We have too much subsidized housing.

    The consequences of building more affordable housing is that less market rate housing gets built. This lack of market rate units means 20 somethings pay significantly more than they should. We have a housing policy now that requires 20 somethings to pay 2x what everyone else pays. Can’t people see this? Can’t they realize its ridiculous housing policy? Why aren’t people advocating for 20 somethings? They are our future. They are the ones who will pay the taxes to pay for our retirement programs. We need them. We need more of them (lots more of them).

    We’ve got it backwards. We should be eliminating subsidized housing not building more of it.

    • basically you need to pay for an apartment where you can afford to stay .. if you want to live grand then borrow money from your parents, work on wall st or live somewhere like texas where its cheap.

      “We should be eliminating subsidized housing not building more of it.” If that happens then who would make up the working class of society.. after all someone has to empty the bed pans. These 20somethings are not going to do it…its beneath them to do so.. And the working class of society who you see every day working at mc donalds, janitors, walmart employees etc. making min wage jobs..and they pay taxes more than the top 2%. Where are they going to live in cities where they work and cannot afford to put food on their table without food stamps. Cannot you see this or your too wrapped up in your own world

  • Development is going to destroy Brooklyn. Fort Green sucks a comfortable, convenient non-congested living experience right off the map.

  • Development is going to destroy Brooklyn. Fort Green sucks a comfortable, convenient non-congested living experience right off the map.