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Brooklyn borough president announces affordable housing for Brooklynites

Craig D. Frazier | 8/21/2014, 4:10 p.m.
In May, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced construction of affordable housing units over the next decade in Ocean Hill, ...
Affordable Housing

In May, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced construction of affordable housing units over the next decade in Ocean Hill, with commercial space and community facility use. Last week, joined by elected officials, developers and community leaders from across the borough, Adams outlined the details of his $3.3million in allocations to develop projects across Brooklyn.

“The affordable housing projects funded in my capital budget address the challenges facing Brooklynites from a wide range of backgrounds and conditions, all of whom share the desire to stay in the borough they helped to make the one-of-a-kind place it is today,” said Adams. “This budget takes steps to address the housing needs of low-income households, those who were homeless, middle-class families, seniors and those looking to preserve Mitchell-Lama housing, and so many more. No matter what your background or personal experience, every Brooklynite should be able to live in the greatest of boroughs without being priced out.”

Park Slope, Crown Heights, Bushwick and Brownsville will receive funds to procure housing units for middle‑class and low-income families. The Gateway Elton III project will bring LEED Platinum, solar-powered permanent housing for 287 hardworking households. “Borough President Adams has once again made lower-income Brooklynites a priority in his administration,” said David Kramer, a principal developer at Hudson Inc.

The allocations come on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious $41.1 billion housing plan that seeks to preserve more than 200,000 affordable units during the next 10 years.

Community leaders and elected officials say that until the mayor’s affordable housing plan comes to fruition, they will use their resources to begin addressing housing issues today.

“I am especially pleased to hear additional funding will go toward the construction of Crystal Towers, a project that will bring reasonably priced units to residents in my district,” said Council Member Jumaane D. Williams. “As chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, my highest priority is to ensure we do all we can to end the crisis of affordability in housing, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ announcement brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.”