Til a year ago, the Q hadn't a clue what the word ULURP meant. It's an acronym for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, and those words together sound only a tad more interesting than flossing. What it means is basically every time some developer wants to do something, they gotta go through a "uniform" rigmarole so they can't pull something over on us unsuspecting plebeians. Case in point: the latest (and perhaps most likely do-able) plan for the vacant lot on Lincoln Road that, if you were teeing off from 33 would take a dogleg right with the green on Flatbush. Yes, the potential building would have two completely different addresses, and it might one day look something like this:
But here's what we know. The developer Anderson Associates went to a CB9 committee and asked it to recommend the board approve a plan to build a nine story "affordable" building. Why, you might ask, would any quoteunquote developer want to create a less-than-market rate rental building when prices have gone through the green roof throughout the greater Flatbush metropolitan area? Simple. To build a building you need money, and if you don't have enough, you can go to the Housing Development Corporation, NYC's home to cheap mortgages for developers of affordable housing. It's like a bank with a mandate to only lend to people who build what it wants you to build, and they have the power to issue bonds which means they can raise a ton of money to do just that. Of course, if it REALLY worked that well we'd ALL be living in affordable housing. But it does it's best, I guess, though I don't really know enough about it to tell you whether it's corrupt, bloated or both. Anyhoo, on with the story.
Thanks to Curb for the background. Now...what do the lot of you think of the plan for the lot?
The Q at Parkside
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