NYCHA Lease Plan Resident Engagement Meeting - Carver Houses - More than 80 Carver Houses residents, including Resident Association Board members and Citywide Council of Presidents Chair for Manhattan South Rose Bergin, joined NYCHA Real Estate and Development staff for a two-hour meeting to hear details and ask questions about NYCHA’s proposal to lease land sites for the creation of low-income and market-rate housing. Commissioner Margarita López assured the highly attentive residents that the leasing plan would not result in the displacement of any public housing residents, the sale of NYCHA land or the privatization of any public housing, and that the revenue generated by the plan would help address building needs (which exceed $41 million at Carver Houses). Residents who have current parking permits were assured that alternate parking at the development would be provided to replace the two parking lots that are the two proposed leased sites for development. Residents were urged to provide input on the location of alternate parking and what kind of revenue-generating community facility should be built on one of the development sites; the second site is designated for mixed-income housing. The comments expressed during the question and answer period suggested the creation of a resident advisory board; expressed the need for continued apartment repairs; and requested clarification regarding the nature of mixed-income housing. Congressman Charles Rangel briefly attended the meeting and voiced his support for the proposal, while urging residents to remain engaged in the process. Representatives from the offices of Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer were also present.
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