Anti-poverty activists allied with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are sharply criticizing his plan to rezone East New York, a low-income neighborhood at the heart of his affordable-housing initiative.
Real Affordability for All, a coalition of tenant groups and unions, says many who live in the Brooklyn neighborhood won’t be able to afford the 1,200 apartments the city proposes to build there over the next two years.
The group is expected to release a report condemning the mayor’s approach to rezoning on Monday, the same day the city planning commission is expected to approve the administration’s proposal to require 25% to 30% of all new units to be affordable through mandatory inclusionary zoning. This policy requires developers to build the affordable units in exchange for being allowed to build taller buildings or changing the use from commercial to residential.
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