Moving toward its goal of building 80,000 new affordable housing units over 10 years, the de Blasio administration plans to announce on Thursday that it will lease public housing land to build nearly 500 apartments for low-income tenants, most of them elderly. The apartments will be in three buildings that will rise up to 16 floors in the parking lots and grassland of housing projects in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
New York City has selected three private developers for the buildings at the Mill Brook Houses in the South Bronx and at the Ingersoll Houses and the Van Dyke Houses in Brooklyn. The additions to the grounds of the three housing projects will feature amenities and services like rooftop gardens, arts and technology programs, community centers, preschool education, social services and a walk-in urgent care center, housing officials said.
The agreements between the New York City Housing Authority and the developers are expected to be finalized by the end of the year, with construction expected to start next year and last about two years, officials said.
The sites were included in a strategic plan announced last year by the housing authority that seeks to shore up the deteriorating public housing stock as well as increase the stock of affordable units. The 489 units in the new buildings will charge below-market rents to households earning 20 to 60 percent of area median income — or $12,700 to $38,100 a year for one person — and public housing residents citywide will get preference for 25 percent of the apartments, officials said. […]