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Community Board Asks City Not to Build 'Dystopian Glass Box'

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As previously reported, Manhattan Community Board 4 thinks that the city-owned parking lot on Eleventh Avenue between West 39th and West 40th streets should be developed into 100 percent permanent affordable housing instead of the 50 percent affordable housing that the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Housing Preservation and Development has indicated that they will build. The board sent those organizations a letter stating as much, and, while they were at it, requested that the eventual building "avoid looking like [a] dystopian glass box." Other requests from the board included that the units should be two- and three-bedrooms, with spots for a variety of incomes, and a maximum of 45 stories. They also suggested a roof deck and an affordable grocery store.

· Parking Lot Near Hudson Should Be Affordable Housing, Board Says [DNAinfo]
· Committee Calls for All Affordable Housing at 39th Street Site [Curbed]