NYCHA Lease Plan Resident Engagement Meeting - LaGuardia Houses - Approximately 95 people attended the meeting at Rutgers Community Center, including the Resident Association President Jessica Thomas and representatives from the offices of City Council Member Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and the Manhattan District Attorney. Commissioner Margarita López, along with NYCHA’s Real Estate and Development staff, discussed the specifics of the proposed plan for LaGuardia Houses, which would involve leasing two sites for the development of low-income and market-rate housing and generate revenue that will help address LaGuardia’s total capital need of $79 million. Meeting attendees were assured that all residents who currently have parking permits would continue to receive parking elsewhere on development grounds. Commissioner López emphasized that no residents will be displaced, since NYCHA will still own the land, and that the income generated will be used to upgrade LaGuardia and other NYCHA buildings. She also clarified that NYCHA will work with residents who are interested in the affordable housing units that will be created as a result of this plan. Commissioner López committed to continued meetings with residents throughout the process to keep them informed.
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