NYCHA Lease Plan Resident Engagement Meeting - Washington Houses - More than 140 spirited attendees participated in this three-hour meeting at the Washington Houses Community Center to hear how NYCHA plans to lease two sites for the development of low-income and market-rate housing in order to provide vital revenue to help meet Washington House’s $52 million in capital needs. Commissioner Margarita López and NYCHA Real Estate and Development staff assured residents that those with parking spaces would be accommodated and that the community facility would be relocated elsewhere on the campus or be incorporated into the new development, with no disruption to programming during the process. The often lively, but also attentive and respectful, question and answer period concerned rental preference for residents, the use of the projected revenue, relocation of the community center, existing gardens (no impact), additional development (not permitted by the City’s zoning regulations), and a request for documentation and third-party verification of the information presented. Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito encouraged residents to get engaged in a constructive and meaningful way. Resident Association President Crystal Glover reminded the audience that this proposal is only in the planning stages. Also in attendance were Resident Association Vice President Domingo Munoz, Council Member Jessica Lappin, representatives from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office and Community Board 11, and local advocates from Union Settlement Association, Harlem RBI, Legal Aid Society, Community Service Society, and East Harlem Preservation, Inc.
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