The ‘Affordable Housing’ victory will disappear if the NY Legislature does not replace 421a


Cheers all as the $2 billion innovation QNS proposal hits city council roadblocks if the plan fails as state lawmakers refuse to replace the expired 421a tax exemption, New York’s leftist opponent.

While the deal aims to make south Astoria’s roughly 3,200 apartments, 45% of them affordable, it rests on the premise that the state will create a realistic new form of 421a affordable housing tax to incentivize developers.

Innovation QNS’s more than 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 of the units below market rent without the tax credit.

Governor Cathy Hochul attempted to replace the expired 421a tax exemption, but was slammed by state lawmakers. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/shutterstock

And a city already suffering billions of dollars in losses And A looming recession alone cannot create many new social housing units. Heck, NYCHA would even have a hard time replacing its own aging housing stock.

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

45% of newly built apartments will become affordable housing. Courtesy of Innovation QNS Innovation QNS’s affordable units will make it the gold standard for future development projects. Housing for the homeless is included in the S9 Architecture plan. S9 architecture

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But the fact is that the standard property taxes on new residential buildings make it unaffordable to build anything other than luxury complexes: if you want to build low-income units, you have to make it affordable. to the manufacturer,

A Citizens Budget Commission analysis in May warned that letting 421a expire without a successor would lead to less rental housing construction, especially affordable housing, and less property tax revenue.

If Hochul, 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 progress, and neither will other new affordable housing plans.




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