New York City public housing tenants are striking back against a Bloomberg administration plan that would lease city housing authority land to developers of luxury condos. City Council came out against the proposal last month, with speaker Christine Quinn arguing that it went against NYCHA’s “sole purpose” of building and maintaining affordable housing.
Four hundred eight NYCHA tenants make up the plaintiffs of the suit, which argues that NYCHA skirted environmental checks in order to speed up the process while Bloomberg is still in office.
The proposal would allow developers to build up to 4,300 units on public land, with only 20 percent earmarked for affordable housing. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he “won’t rule [the plan] out” if it ends up on his desk while in office.