Planning and Foresight

Carl Weisbrod, former president of the City Economic Development Corporation and former head of real estate for Trinity Church, was named today as the new chairman of the City Planning Commission. No word yet on key vacancies for commissioners at the departments of Housing and Buildings.

No new taxes, more or less. Mayor de Blasio said this week he would not propose an increase in property tax rates in the 2014-15 budget to be presented next week…albeit the tentative property assessments are up about 8 percent anyway.

Six development sites near 12th Avenue have been identified by the Hudson River Park Trust as possible beneficiaries of air rights from seven piers, according to Crains.  The sites are not locked in stone, and the process of selling about 1.6 million square feet of air rights to support the Park is expected to take at least a year.

Sen. Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference are pushing for a five year, $750 million state commitment to a middle class Mitchell Lama expansion. The idea is to serve City residents making $75-$100,000 instead of the low and moderate income folks who benefit from most state and federal programs. The Governor hasn’t voiced an opinion yet.

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