East Harlem residents wants affordable housing, job growth and open space—but above all, they want a say in the land-use changes coming to their community, according to the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan unveiled Thursday.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year that he intends to rezone East Harlem. That prompted City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the local community board to kick off a process to determine neighborhood priorities.
Their 138-page plan is the culmination of months of public forums and workshops focused on issues including housing preservation, transportation and the arts. It includes zoning-specific recommendations, including the goal of 100% affordable housing on city-owned sites and upzoning portions of the avenues in East Harlem.
Half of new housing developed in the community should be affordable to moderate and low-income people, the plan states, and of that, 20% should be designated for extremely low-income households.
Those recommendations rely on the de Blasio administration’s proposed mandatory inclusionary housing zoning amendment, but they are far more aggressive in accommodating low-income tenants, raising the question of whether the plan is viable without heavy subsidies.
The plan also spells out local needs that are not zoning-related, such as increased funding for HIV prevention and career and technical education.
“Physical development and human capital development must go hand in hand,” Mark-Viverito said in a statement. “We need to be as focused on supporting neighborhood economies, re-investing in schools and open space, and creating room for social-service and cultural organizations as we are on urban renewal, rezoning, and housing production.”
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