For a handful of Prospect Heights residents, moving into the first Atlantic Yards apartment building will be a homecoming of sorts.I'm surprised at the ratio, and how few people will be moving in.
Seven years ago, 17 renters living in the footprint of the development site accepted a unique deal from Forest City Ratner. In return for moving, the tenants got apartments nearby at the same rent they were paying - covered by FCR.
...During the contentious takeover of the 22-acre site, 209 renters living in the area were offered the relocation agreement or a cash payment averaging $85,000, according to an FCR official.
I suspect a good number either didn't think the project would be built or, as noted by one interviewee below, weren't given offers that fully protected them:
David Sheets, 51, stayed in his 479 Dean St. apartment until 2010 when he took a buyout and was forced to move."Critics... are questioning"
He never considered the relocation offer, noting that many were designed to expire after a few years.
“I did not want them determining where I was going to live,” he said. “I wanted them out of my life. I didn't want to be on the same planet with these people let alone having them suggesting where or not I was living.”
The article closes:
Half of the first building's 363 apartments will be subsidized with city affordable housing bonds.The issue isn't that 17 of the units would be set aside for such moderate-income families. It's that (likely) 17 of the 36 two-bedroom units would be set aside in this way, rather than being distributed evenly across the five affordable housing "bands."
But critics of the project are questioning that setup, pointing out that 17 of those units will be set aside for renters earning between $104,580 and $119,520.
I guess I'm one of the unnamed "critics," but not merely "critics" should be questioning this; project supporters and any outside observers familiar with the previous promises can legitimately raise questions.