The MBPO expects the opening of a new truck depot on the same site this week.
The Borough President’s statement is as follows:
“The corner of Lenox Ave. and 145th St. in Harlem is the heart of one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods. It is a bustling corner, on top of a subway station, on a street that serves as the gateway to the Bronx.
“This location deserves far, far better than a truck depot. It is unacceptable that such a facility will soon be operating there.
“We need housing on this site. Families are leaving Northern Manhattan every day because they can’t find an affordable apartment. The 145th St. property represents a rare opportunity to deliver for them.
“It’s time to make another attempt at a rezoning for this site. My office is committed to doing everything possible to work towards a deal that would bring desperately needed housing, while maximizing affordability at levels accessible to the community.
The alternative of allowing this site to languish in the heart of Harlem—or worse, to remain a truck depot—is absolutely unacceptable. We need to act now.”