In the Media

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Micro-apartments, anyone?

Abs-Cbn news - Brigette Dussseau, May 10, 2015

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.

Micro-apartments: a new concept in New York

Daily Mail - AFP, May 5, 2015

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.”

The Basement Solution

NY City Lens, Shengying Zhao on April 27, 2015

“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.

Council bill would boost construction worker pay on city-assisted projects

The Real Deal - Tess Hoffman, April 17, 2015

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.”

union-friendly bill could slow affordable housing

Capital, Ryan Hutchins - April 17, 2015

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.”

De Blasio And Borough President Katz Announce Neighborhood Action Plan For Jamaica, Queens

Real Estate Rama, NYCEDC April 16, 2015

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.

DCP Pledges Outreach, Provides Rezoning Details

Chelsea Now, April 9, 2015

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.

‘Nope!’ is the word at scope meeting for proposed zoning changes

The Villager - Zach Williams, March 26, 2015

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.

Rezoning Plan to Build Housing Could Deconstruct Local Efforts

Chelsea Now, March 26, 2015

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.

Affordable housing policy must be reworked

Washington Square News, Kenny Kyunghoon Lee, March 24, 2015

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.

Zoning Process too Fast For CB4

Chelsea Now, Scott Stiffler - March 19, 2015

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.

Pay top dollar, live in a dorm? The growth of ‘micro apartments’

cnbc, Marqui Mapp, March 15, 2015

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.