‘Affordable housing’ wins will vanish if NY Legislature doesn’t replace 421a

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All cheers as $2 billion Innovation QNS proposal hits roadblocks at city council if plan fails as state lawmakers refuse to replace expired 421a tax-exemption, New York’s left-wing oppose.

While the deal aims to make the roughly 3,200 apartments in southern Astoria, 45% of them affordable, it rests on the assumption that the state will create some realistic new form of 421a affordable-housing tax to incentivize developers.

Innovation QNS’s over 1,400 affordable units, comprising 500 families earning 30% of the area’s median income, as well as 157 homeless people, will make it the gold standard for future development projects.

But the city can’t afford the higher affordability bill without a program like 421a. It is financially impossible for developers to offer about half the units at below-market rents without the tax credit.

Gov. Cathy Hochul tried to replace the expired 421a tax-exemption but was turned down by state lawmakers.
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And a city already facing billions of dollars in losses And A looming recession can’t possibly create a lot of new subsidized housing on its own. Heck, NYCHA would even be hard-pressed to replace its own increasingly aging housing stock.

Gov. Cathy Hochul attempted a 421a replacement this year, but was blocked by the legislature as hard-left ballistic. Progressives insist, against all reason, that below-market apartments must magically appear without the people who own them getting a reasonable return on their investment.

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Model of development project.

45% of the newly constructed apartments will be affordable housing.


Innovation The cost-effective units of QNS will make it the gold standard for future development projects.

The plan includes housing for the homeless.

But the fact is that the default property tax on new residential buildings makes it prohibitively expensive to put up on anything but high-end complexes: If you want to build low-income units, you need to make it affordable. to the manufacturer,

Citizens Budget Commission In May the analysis warned that allowing 421a to expire without a successor would reduce all rental-housing construction, especially affordable housing developments, and lower city property-tax revenue.

If Hochul, Assembly Speaker Carl Hastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​don’t find a way to deal with the remaining lunatics, Innovation QNS won’t move forward, and neither will other new affordable-housing plans.

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