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After 20 years, "terribly" delayed affordable housing in NYC opens.

Raj Guleria
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Summary - The project had been in ignored for more than 20 years due to rezoning, construction, and then the pandemic. Comptroller Brad Lander said that the project took much longer than it should have, and that New York City needs more affordable housing.

The Brooklyn apartment complex that has been in the works for more than 20 years finally had its grand opening on Sunday.

Although the Borough Park construction had been planned for 20 years, it has been in limbo until this week due to a series of problems.

City Comptroller Brad Lander said at the reception for the nine-building, 36-unit 37th Street project that "it took much longer than it should have taken, and we have to learn from that actually, because we need to produce housing a lot faster." "I think it's crucial to acknowledge that the majority of the affordable housing that we construct in New York City today is rental housing.

According to Lander, in addition to providing affordable housing for large families, subsidised condominiums like Culver El also serve as a safe haven in a predominantly Jewish community,

Culver El, named for the elevated train line that once ran along the block on which it was constructed, was proposed by the Southern Brooklyn Community organization in the early 2000s. Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported it in 2005. However, it was left to sit idle during rezoning, construction, and then the pandemic, during which the development was abandoned for two years.

Mayor Eric Adams decided to send a representative to the unveiling instead of being present in person, despite previous mayors having hailed and toured the development over the years, according to Matzav.

The condos have three to four bedrooms, and they can accommodate families with three to nine people earning between $77,800 and $160,600 annually, according to the application. Prices for the units range from $330,000 to $515,000, Early in 2020, the apartments started going on sale.

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