Residents May Soon Be Able to Move into Vacant Buildings on 37th Street
Four red brick residential buildings on 37th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues, which were meant to offer affordable housing in Boro Park have sat: empty of the local families that need it: for more than two years.
The city department of Housing Preservation & Development, which helped process applications for the condos, however, told the New York Post that homeowners should be able to move in this fall, now that, after many delays due to COVID, Attorney General Letitia James finally approved the plan of the South Brooklyn Community Organization (SBCO) to provide the reasonably-priced housing.
The SBCO, which built the 36 apartments that were designed for large families, bought the land for development from the city in 2005, after then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocated for more affordable housing.
The simple, but robust-looking units start at approximately $330,000 for a three-bedroom unit, however, developers set $142,000 per year as the highest income would-be residents who would like to house seven people can earn.
In early 2020, the SBCO was ready to seek approval from Attorney General James, just when the COVID pandemic hit and delayed that approval to April 2021, said Rabbi Avrohom , the head of the SBCO, who added that in September, James deemed “effective” an amendment to the plan.
“The project has been affected terribly by the pandemic, as our offices were forced to close, as well as our attorneys’, and, of course the AG’s office,” said “With the clunkiness of remote communication, what should have taken weeks through face-to-face meetings actually took many months.”
The attorney general’s office, in turn, hit back against the SBCO, which the AG’s office claimed did not provide the correct documents that would have facilitated James’ signing off on the project much more quickly.