ESDC agrees to allow a project cut by one-third; affordable housing depends on availability of subsidies
However, according to board materials (press release, memo) distributed today, the developer would be required to build a 675,000 square foot arena and "improvements containing at least Four Million Four Hundred Seventy Thousand (4,470,000) gross square feet (exclusive of the square footage of the Arena)."
That's a total of 5,145,000 square feet, or a little less than 65% of 7,961,000 square feet.
What about affordable housing?
That 4,470,000 gross square feet presumably could not include 1930 condos, 4500 units of mixed-income rentals (2250 subsidized "affordable" units), and an office tower.
What could be cut? Obviously, if the condo market and office market don't improve, they'd be cut. What about the rentals?
The proposed development agreement also includes "no less than Two Thousand Two Hundred Fifty (2,250) affordable housing units, subject to governmental authorities making available to Party B or its applicable successor or assign, after good faith review by the applicable administering agency, affordable housing subsidies consistent with then applicable programs rules and standards then generally available to developers of affordable housing units."
In other words, the affordable housing gets built only if there are subsidies. And there's no proof, as I've written, that the ESDC has done due diligence to check whether such subsidies would be available.