Thursday, May 12 2022

EAST NEW YORK, BROOKLYN — Rents will be even lower in a new affordable apartment building en route to Sutter Avenue after a deal between developers and lawmakers, according to City Councilman Charles Barron.

The new complex – which won Barron’s support on Tuesday – will build 28 apartments between Autumn and Lincoln avenues, all of which will be designated as affordable under the city’s mandatory inclusive housing program.

Barron’s support comes after negotiating with property developers to make some apartments affordable for those earning just 30% of the area’s median income, or about $32,000 for a family of three.

According to the original proposal, families of three would have had to earn between $64,000 and $86,000 to afford one of the apartments.

“We were able to get these 28 units that wouldn’t have been affordable to us, because we define affordability,” Barron said during a hearing with the city council’s subcommittee on zoning and deductibles.

The Sutter Avenue project, which will rezone the property, will construct a five-story, 31,564-square-foot building with commercial space on the first floor, according to plans.

Barron said Tuesday that developers are working with business owners on the block to ensure they can move into the new complex once it’s built. Landlords feared a hair salon, laundromat, pizza place and auto shop would be displaced by the building, according to reports.

“They’re not moving commercial businesses to the ground below,” Barron said. “Most of them will come back.”

Patch was unable to reach most business owners in the neighborhood by phone Tuesday to confirm that they had reached an agreement with the developers. An employee of Borinquen Cleaners said he could not discuss whether he was closing or staying.

For apartments, the developers had planned to use what are known as Options 1 and 2 of the city’s affordability levels, which is between $64,000 and $86,000 for a family of three.

The city council’s deal will replace the more expensive Option 2 apartments with the “deeply affordable” Option 3, which means incomes will be between $32,220 and $64,000 at the complex, officials said. responsible.

Barron added that the deal will include a clause ensuring the resort will remain affordable for 60 years, rather than 30 years as the developers originally proposed.

“If they think because I’m 70 I’ll be gone by then, I plan to live to be at least 200,” Barron joked Tuesday. “I will always [130] years and on their case.”

The Sutter Avenue project will then head to the City Council’s Land Use Committee before a plenary vote.

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