City Council vote ‘another critical win’ in fight for affordable housing

Mayor Eric Adams.
Mayor Eric Adams addresses New York City Police Academy graduates during their graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden, Friday, July 1, 2022, in New York.
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After the New York City Council Land Use Committee on Monday voted in favor of the Innovation QNS project, New York City Mayor, Eric Adams described the vote as “another critical win in the fight against our city’s affordable housing crisis.”
“This project will create nearly 3,200 new homes in Queens, including 1,400 that will be rent-restricted with 500 that will be deeply affordable,” the mayor said. “In a community with a lower vacancy rate than the rest of the city, creating this kind of affordable housing is a game-changer.
“In just the last week, the city has advanced plans for nearly 8,500 new homes across the city,” he added. “This is exactly the kind of historic work we must do to tackle the housing shortage at the root of our affordable housing crisis.
““But as this process shows, we need a better system to create new housing and make New York City a true ‘City of Yes,’” he continued. “My administration is moving forward plans for a citywide zoning text amendment that would help the city truly meet New Yorkers’ housing needs and create new housing across the entire city. We invite all New Yorkers to join us in crafting and advancing that plan.”
Adams thanked Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Land Use Committee Chair Rafael Salamanca and committee members, and Councilmember Julie Won for their partnership in “getting this project nearly to the finish line.
“I look forward to working with them to get it done,” he said.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said: “Affordability – in both the immediate and long term – are critical goals as our city grows and changes.
“The affordability commitments in this final version of the Innovation QNS proposal are a testament to and validation of the strategic, consistent push by residents, community leaders and elected officials for responsible development that meets both neighborhood and citywide needs,” said the son of Grenadian immigrants.
“The new level of income targeted affordable units proposed for Innovation QNS was hard fought, and now sets a minimum benchmark to consider moving forward, particularly for this type of development of private land,” he added. “As we work to meet the current housing and homelessness crisis, we must ensure that we do not exacerbate it by displacing and pricing people from their neighborhoods.
“Under Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, which my office has detailed the failures of and which I voted against as a Council Member, we have to do better than the best of the current bad options, and the work of the last several weeks has led to a better deal,” Williams continued.
“I want to congratulate Council Member Julie Won, and all who continued efforts to get here, for their leadership in helping ensure that Innovation QNS offered this level of affordable, income-targeted housing for a city in desperate need,” he said. “I hope that the full Council votes to approve the project.

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