Affordable housing has created gaps in New York City accommodation and the city is continuously coming up with ways to close the gap in affordable housing. When the Lambert Houses affordable housing campus opened in the 1970s, it was considered to be a state-of-the-art facility. The 14 buildings that make up the campus had a broad layout that allowed residents room to move around freely, and it also opened up plenty of places for children to play outdoors.
The subsequent years have not been kind to the Lambert Houses and the facility is now badly in need of repair and updating. In many of the buildings, there is a sewer issue that often causes the sewers to back up into the first-floor hallways. A layout that was designed to be inviting to families is now considered a safety hazard to
residents. A few years ago, there was an announcement from the New York City Council that the Lambert Houses would be updated. In December 2016, the project was finally approved.
A Full Overhaul Of Lambert Houses Affordable Housing
The New York City Council announced that work will begin immediately on updating and revamping the Lambert Houses. The primary focus of the project is to expand the 14 buildings into larger structures that will offer 1,665 more affordable housing units for the residents of the Bronx. Officials also said that the security concerns that have been raised over the past few years will be addressed as well.
Along with updating the housing facilities themselves, the Lambert Houses project will also include over $12 million in public transportation improvements. Residents will also be happy to know that the park nearby the Lambert Houses will be completely upgraded, and the two schools that are near the facility will also see significant improvements.
Temporary Arrangements Made For Displaced Residents
It always pleases residents when they learn that their residential housing complex is scheduled to get around $600 million in improvements, but there is also that hesitation of not knowing where they will live in the meantime. The stress increased when residents were told that all 14 buildings on the Lambert Houses will be demolished to make way for the new structures.
The New York City Council anticipated these concerns and has made arrangements for residents to live temporarily in an adjacent housing complex. Officials made sure to put the temporary housing close to the Lambert Houses to prevent the disruption of the residents’ transportation and education needs for their children.
Life After The Tax Break Expiration
When the 421-a tax break expired on December 31, 2015, many housing experts were interested to see where the bulk of the new residential construction projects would be taking place. It turns out that Bronx residential construction outpaced all of the other boroughs considerably from January to June 2016. The 1,900 building permits issued in the Bronx came from the expiration of the 421-a tax incentive and a variety of other programs that have been in place since the late 1970s, to encourage residential construction in the Bronx.
The 1,900 residential construction project permits represent 43 percent of all residential construction done throughout New York City during that period. Due to the additional subsidies offered in connection with construction in the Bronx, nearly all of the affordable housing projects scheduled to start in the borough got underway, while projects in the other boroughs were stalled or shelved completely.
New York City is hoping to accommodate the growing Bronx population with the Lambert Houses project and to encourage more residents to come live in the Bronx. The new rents being offered when the Lambert Houses re-open will be in line with the median rents offered currently throughout the borough. The city is well aware of the gentrification taking place in Brooklyn and other parts of the Bronx and, is working hard to make the Lambert Houses project a crown jewel in the new affordable housing push.