To address a shortage of affordable housing, especially for single individuals, the former Bloomberg Administration proposed the development of residential buildings with very small apartments, called micro-units. The site for the proposed initial pilot micro-unit building is in CB6, at 335 East 27th St. Board and community members have raised a number of concerns about the project.
Improved Affordability for Proposed Micro Unit Project
Council Member Rosie Mendez, in consultation with CB6 Board Member Claude L. Winfield and the Housing, Homeless, and Human Rights Committee, negotiated with the former Bloomberg Administration to upgrade the affordability of the proposed pilot micro-unit building. Former Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, in an October 2013 letter, states that 40% of the 55 units will be affordable, and their rent levels will be set for thirty years. 20% of the total units will be affordable to households whose incomes are up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), and 5% of units to households with incomes up to 130% of AMI. The City will include a 25% preference for NYCHA residents, including but not limited to a preference for tenants from CB6.
Micro Units Environmental Assessment Statement
The EAS short form submitted for City Environmental Quality Review in June 2013.
Zoning Override Memos
In April 2013, HPD receives its requested override of zoning restrictions, enabling them to continue with the project. Here is the City procedure for DCP Zoning Overrides, from 1989.
HPD Response of April 25, 2013 to CB6 letter
CB6 Request for Additional Information
Following a March 2013 presentation to a joint meeting of the Land Use and Waterfront and Housing Homeless and Human Rights Committees, CB6 sends follow up questions.
Micro Units Lead Agency Letter
In March 2013, NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation and Development identifies itself as the lead agency for the project, in preparation for review under City and State regulations.