WHERE IS THE PRESENT OUTER BOROUGH BUILDING BOOM OCCURING.................
AND WHERE WILL IT CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME NOW............
......AND FOR THE SAKE OF UNION MEMBERS ABILITY TO AFFORD TO LIVE THERE WHY ISN'T BETA AND OTHER UNION EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONS OPPOSING THIS?
QUEENS — Developers applied to build hundreds of units of affordable housing in Brooklyn and Manhattan through a city program over the course of more than a year — but none of them wanted to build in Queens, according to city records.
The city's Inclusionary Housing Program is designed to encourage developers to build affordable apartments in exchange for agreeing larger projects than zoning might not otherwise allow.
However, out of the 58 applications the city received for the program from Jan. 1, 2014 to March 26 this year, 30 were for projects in Brooklyn, 26 were in Manhattan and two were for The Bronx, according to data obtained from the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development.
City officials said that because the program is optional for developers, there's not much they can do to control where they seek to build affordable housing.
"This is [a] voluntary incentive program, so the developers choose whether to participate," HPD Spokeswoman Elizabeth Rohlfing said.
"It is totally market-driven. Developers are only likely to apply for the program if they view that the market will support the affordable portion of the project."
The applications in Brooklyn were mostly filed for rapidly developing neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene. The Bronx's projects are located in Tremont and Norwood.
The projects would produce at least 1,301 affordable units in Brooklyn, 1,539 in Manhattan and 52 in The Bronx, according to HPD.