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—"City seeks consulting firm for study to enhance recently passed housing program," by POLITICO New York's : “The de Blasio administration is embarking on a study to explore beefing up its Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, a nod to an activist group that agitated for more requirements to be placed on developers. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has issued a solicitation for an outside consulting firm to conduct the study. Responses are due by July 11. The proposal calls for the consideration of a ‘floor area affordability bonus,’ which would allow builders more density for new developments in rezoned areas. In exchange, they would have to provide more below-market-rate housing and commit to certain union-backed requirements, such as local hiring, apprenticeship programs and a prevailing wage for construction work.”

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