I asked Lander, who endorsed the agreement:
- if he'd been informed about the AMI distribution in the two towers ahead of time
- if he knew there'd be more family-sized units
- if the MOU will be adhered to
- whether he thinks the distribution of units in the next two towers address the gentrification issues that prompted the proposed litigation or were a necessary trade-off.
As I said when the agreement was announced, I am pleased to see affordable housing, more units for families, and public accountability all accelerated at Atlantic Yards, as a result of the agreement between BrooklynSpeaks, FAC [Fifth Avenue Committee], PHNDC [Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council], and the other potential fair housing litigants; FCRC; the City; and the State.Note that it's not clear--and maybe we won't know until the project goes forward--whether the rest of the MOU will be adhered to or whether the moderate- and middle-income units will skew higher.
I have been assured that the commitment to 900 total low-income units (out of the 2,250 total affordable units) will be adhered to. You are correct that this band will now go up to 60% (though I would note that "low income" in the de Blasio Administration housing plan is defined as going up to 80%, so these are still a good deal lower than that). The next two buildings will produce 180 of those 900 low-income units.
As Deputy Mayor Glen said tonight on Inside City Hall, 35% of the affordable units at B3 and B14 will be two- and three-bedrooms, which is a significantly higher percentage than in B2. While I was not a part of those negotiations, and did not have advance knowledge of the details, I have been pushing (along with many other elected officials, advocates, and neighbors) for a higher percentage of family-size units, both at Atlantic Yards, and in affordable housing financed by the City of NY more broadly. So I am enthusiastic to see this change.
I'm also glad to see public accountability advanced through the new Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation.
I believe that BrooklynSpeaks, FAC, PHNDC, PSCC [Park Slope Civic Council], and the other groups in the coalition that was considering litigation achieved very real progress here.