Boerum Hill Public Housing Project to Get Market Rate Rentals

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Boerum Hill’s public housing project Wyckoff Gardens will eventually have market-rate rentals, city officials said Wednesday. The de Blasio administration has selected NYCHA land at 3rd Avenue and Wyckoff Street as the site of the Mayor’s experimental building model that would be half market-rate and half affordable housing, reported Capital New York.

A part of the Mayor’s controversial infill housing plan for NYCHA, the development will be built on public land leased to a private developer. NYCHA plans a 550- to 650-unit building for the site, which, according to NYCHA, has 5.1 acres of underused space — roughly equivalent to seven football fields.

Two other Brooklyn NYCHA sites — the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville — are also slated to get infill construction, as we have reported. But where the new buildings at Ingersoll Houses and Van Dyke Houses will be 100 percent affordable housing, only 50 percent of the units at Wyckoff Gardens will be.

The half-and-half development model is a part of NextGen NYCHA (PDF), an initiative to make New York’s public housing economically sustainable within the next decade — in part by building more market rate units on NYCHA land. Revenue from the market rate units will be used to make much-needed repairs in older projects, according to the plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years. NYCHA land at a second site — Holmes Towers in Manhattan — will also be developed with the half-and-half housing model, officials said. No time line was given for the developments.

NYCHA Selects Wyckoff Gardens, Holmes Towers for New Development [Capital NY]
Should NYCHA Lease Public Land to Private Developers? [Brownstoner]
Mayor Plans Thousands of New Apartments on NYCHA Land in Brooklyn [Brownstoner]
Photo by Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons

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