Investment funds totaling $190 million have been created in the past year in
The funds' manager, the Phoenix Realty Group, expects to finance more than 3,000 homes in the next five years. As in many work force projects, the builders will be allowed to construct more units than typically permitted under zoning laws. The "density bonuses" enable the developer to make up the lost profit on each unit by selling more of them.
This strikes me as precisely the right way to go about providing home-ownership opportunities for middle income people: investment funds incentivizing developers to build higher-density housing around public transportation. This is killing a bunch of birds with one stone: reinvesting in urban cores, cutting down on the need to drive and consume gas, creating vibrancy and density to support further commercial investment, and hopefully relieving pressure on exurban sprawl.
The article doesn't report out what programs are being implemented in New York except to say that zoning variances have been offered to developers if they include moderate-income housing in their plans for Greenpoint and Williamsburg. That's like throwing a few bricks into the Grand Canyon.