Originally Posted by fflint
I will say I have reservations about eliminating well-used playgrounds. Perhaps they could be replaced in a more efficient form after new towers are built?
I don't think they're eliminating non-parking uses.
Things like playgrounds, community centers, etc. are only being built on if they can be replaced somewhere else on the property. Community space, for example, is often incorporated in the new buildings.
The article is a bit misleading, BTW. This isn't a "new" initiative, and it isn't necessarily aimed at adding luxury housing.
The initiative has been around for nearly a decade, and is aimed at raising money and infilling public housing complexes by introducing new uses. Yes, prime Manhattan complexes will get luxury housing, but other complexes have already built public, private or charter schools on these sites, yet others have built more low-income housing, and others have built retail, community or institutional space.
It's a citywide initiative, and has been slowly ramping up into more high profile locations, and more revenue-rich uses. There are some more radical ideas that are being bandied about, BTW, and that will probably be implemented once these more "surgical" sites are developed (I know because my ex-GF works at HPD, which is a sister agency to NYCHA).