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New York’s housing regulations, designed to prohibit the construction of apartments smaller than 37 square meters were waived for the construction of a micro housing apartment building. The building will be ready for occupancy in the fall. “The regulation does not correspond to the needs of the people today,” says Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing & Planing Council.
At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, workers are busy putting together the finishing touches on the micro-apartments former Mayor Mike Bloomberg waived zoning regulations to have constructed. Speaking on the issue, Sarah Watson, Citizens Housing & Planning Council Deputy Director noted “the regulation does not correspond to the needs of people today. Supply mismatches demand.”
“It is hard to estimate exactly how many [illegal] basements can be conversed to meet the official standards because it very much depends on the design of the house, size, and structure of the basements,” said Sarah Watson, Deputy Director at Citizens Housing & Planning Council.
Watson outlined the regulatory barriers that impede the development of smaller, denser units: complicated building codes, confusing density regulations, and challenging procedural requirements to add an accessory dwelling units, including high permit costs and long-waiting time. “Local regulations in singe-family residential areas are designed to prevent the creation of any additional dwelling units,” Brown said.
The newly proposed union-friendly legislation to give a prevailing wage to construction workers on projects getting ‘discretionary’ assistance has been garnering much discussion. According to Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council “You can’t just keep the subsidy the same and think you’re going to get the same -and make the costs higher. that sort of mathematical equation doesn’t work.”
Commenting on legislation proposed on prevailing wages for construction projects that receive public benefits, Citizens Housing & Planning Council Executive Director Jerilyn Perine noted “the government would have to commit to providing more subsidy or accept that fewer apartments would be built.”
Citizens Housing & Planning Council was mentioned as a participant in the planning and implementation of the Jamaica Now Action Plan which seeks to revitalize the Jamaica neighborhood.
Department of City Planning official uses Citizens Housing and Planning Council Zoning study in explaining the changes they are seeking to help increase the city’s affordable housing stock.
Residents of many New York City neighborhoods are coming out against the city’s plans to changing the zoning regulations. Citizens Housing & Planning Council presented their report to the C.B. 4 Land Use committee on March 16.
Changes are needed in order to meet the demands of the mayor’s affordable housing push according to representatives of Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Of particular concern to the group is how the limitations on building dimensions (called the envelope) reduce the amount of residential units in a new development.
A recent study by Citizens Housing and Planning Council shows that there has been a decrease in the economic and ethnic diversity of many New York City neighborhoods between 2000 and 2010. With the expiration of the city’s 421-a program in June, the government needs to create policies that will better address this issue.
For the mayor’s push to increase affordable housing buildings, changes will have to be made to the ‘Building Envelope.’ Citizens Housing & Planning Council Deputy Director Sarah Watson and President Mark Ginsberg presented their findings at at Community Board 4 Committee meeting on March 16.
According to the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, New York City is joining others such as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh that are seeing singles make up close to half their household. This is spurring the need for micro apartments.