Affordable housing: build, don't destroy.


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Under current DOB rules, developers must create a Tenant Protection Plan that describes how rent-regulated tenants will be protected from harm by construction. The project at 711 West End Ave. is an example of how that requirement fails to protect rent-regulated housing.

New York renters -- and city officials -- know well that landlords and developers use ostensibly legal projects like "improvements" and "non-invasive construction" to drive out tenants from affordable units. DOB policy should actively refuse such ploys. Instead, DOB should require that developers show that they are making meaningful plans and efforts to preserve the tenancy of rent-regulated units, maintaining the number of rent-regulated units, and maximizing the occupancy of rent-regulated units rather than warehousing them.