affordable housing

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to BART Board of Directors

Building Chinatown's Legacy for The Transformation of Oakland

After the past seven year Lake Merritt Station Area Planning Process and a previous development, BART has restarted a development process for two of the blocks in the station areas: (1) Where the BART Station Parking Lot currently is and (2) The MetroCenter Block which currently houses the BART Police as well as Asian Health Services' Administrative Headquarters. Various stakeholders and supporters would like to establish a hub of activity of the Lake Merritt Station that connects and grows the existing communities, including Chinatown.  We are encouraging BART to integrate an aggressive platform of community benefits into their new development: 1) Community control of 120,000 square feet of community and non-profit space 2) $1M contribution to Madison Park 3) 200 affordable housing units Our goal is to establish a distinct “community thumbprint” that extends the legacy and current Asian community core that is Oakland Chinatown. We share a vision of a vibrant community hub that intentionally strengthens the Asian community, helps Chinatown thrive, and engages community voices toward a cohesive and engaged neighborhood and beyond.  It is a holistic vision that will serve as an attractive magnet to and for Chinatown.  This will build ridership, pencil out for BART’s bottom line, and excite, engage, and enthrall the community in true partnership. We urge BART to commit to this highest community use as a complement to the principle of highest feasibility - a commitment that will signal to the community that we will be able to exert our rights and have the resources to continue to grow, thrive and become a strong and vibrant neighborhood. Please support our efforts Asian Health Services Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates Asian Pacific Environmental Network Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership Asian Prisoner Support Committee Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Buddhist Church of Oakland Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Oakland Lodge Chinatown Community Development Center Chinese Community United Methodist Church Chinese Progressive Association East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation Family Bridges, Inc. Filipino Advocates for Justice Friends of Lincoln Square Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational and Environmental Design New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation Oakland Asian Cultural Center OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter Wa Sung Community Service Club Alan Yee Lailan Huen Karoleen Feng

Michael Lok
465 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Forest City Washington, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Bresler & Reiner, ANC Commissioners 6D

Preserve Community Space @ 4th & M SW

Southwest is, and has been, a very special place to a community of people for a variety of reasons, and for a number of years. For starters, this includes its diversity: economically, racially, and architecturally; its proximity to the city and downtown, yet its quiet, small-town feel; its open, green spaces, and tree canopies. These particular characteristics, we believe, are vulnerable to money-driven development that has already taken place in other parts of the District and is the catalyst for this petition. This petition calls for the developers to design a space that utilizes how the community already uses the space. Development can bring benefits to a community by providing affordable housing, new places to socialize, and means to support local businesses. However, much of the development witnessed throughout the city has been fueled by profit, rather than community preservation or improvement. The plans consists of two buildings on the northwest and northeast sides of the intersection at 4th & M Street SW. The two buildings will add an additional 605 residential units to the area, with 41,870 square-feet of ground floor retail, and 38,110 square-feet of commercial space on the second floor. A minimum of 8% of the gross floor area will be dedicated to households earning up to 60% of Area Median Income, and five of the affordable units will be 3-bedroom apartments. There are 3 major concerns about the plan: loss of an important community space; increased density for an already suffering infrastructure; adding to an already unaffordable and homogenous housing market.    1) Market SW and the SW Community Farmers Market have grown to become important community spaces for the quadrant. It is great to be outside communally with neighbors on Friday nights, meeting new neighbors, chatting with the vendors, and sitting outside enjoying food and drinks. Then, come Saturday morning, the lot is packed at the Farmer’s Market (and parking has been added!). The area is being used and has a lot of traction. One asset of the space that cannot be overlooked is its accessibility to people of all incomes and its open invitation to people. It is great that neighbors can socialize or hang out in the space without spending money for planned or unplanned events. This environment is far more inviting and fitting with SW's character than people always having to pay to enjoy an outdoor patio area. 2) SW has not shown a great capacity for handling any additional car traffic. Our main thoroughfare, M St, already gets completely grid-locked when there are baseball games. This is before the Wharf fully opens with its 6,500-person capacity music venue, or the 1,000 other apartment/condo units being built around the corner. It begs the question, did the developers really think about SW’s current infrastructure when planning these buildings, or were they in pursuit of increasing their bottom line? 3) A high cost of living is the antithesis to maintaining or promoting a diverse neighborhood. Additionally, only offering studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom options doesn’t encourage families, or people, to stay in the city long term. Offering 8% of the total units at 60% of the median area income is a pitiful attempt at providing affordable housing. It is well known that affordable housing in the District is nearly nonexistent. In order to live comfortably in DC, an individual must earn $103k/year, although the individual median income is $73k. The math doesn't add up, and neither does the potential for creating long-standing, invested, communities. How will we continue to build a SW community when our neighbors are pushed out because they can no longer afford to raise a family here? For example, some of our SW friends, who are educated, middle-class, send their children to Amidon-Bowen, are engaged with the community, will, or already have, move out of the community because of how unaffordable it is.  How will we continue to build a SW community when our neighbors no longer have a space to be together communally? Ultimately, it comes down to what kind of community do we want. Do we want a transient community that does not think of SW as home? Or, do we want a SW that can be together communally, know thy neighbor, and keep that “small-town feel”? If the latter, then we argue that more high-rise luxury apartments is not the prudent path forward. We petition for the developers to use the land in a manner similar to how the community already uses it -- as an outdoor gathering space for neighbors.

Coy McKinney
187 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago


Stop the State of Hawaii's CPR Ban (Senate Bill 2524 SD1)

URGENT: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION (AND LEAVE A COMMENT) OPPOSING HAWAII SENATE BILL 2524 SD1, which would effectively prevent condominium property regimes (“CPRs”) throughout Hawaii by forcing  landowners to comply with county subdivision or equivalent requirements. The Bill was inexplicably passed by the Hawaii State Senate and is currently progressing through the House of Representatives despite overwhelming testimony AGAINST it.  PLEASE ALSO SUBMIT TESTIMONY OPPOSING SB2524 SD1:  YOUR TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 10:15 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MARCH 20, IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED AT THE NEXT HEARING: Committee on Water and Land, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:15 AM in Conference Room 325 at the State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu. You may also give testimony in person. We must prevent Senate Bill 2524 SD1 from becoming Law for the following reasons: 1. ELIMINATES AFFORDABLE HOUSING: We are experiencing an affordable housing crisis in Hawaii. This Bill will effectively wipe out one of the only means of creating new affordable housing for working class residents, farmers, and local families. 2. DISCRIMINATORY AND UNLAWFUL: Senate Bill 2524 SD1 is discriminatory in that the Bill would disproportionately affect agricultural landowners (especially small private landowners, farmers, and families) and borders on a “regulatory taking” because it unreasonably prevents private property owners from making economically viable use of their land (which could result in litigation against the State for just compensation). 3. DAMAGES LOCAL ECONOMY, ELIMINATES REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY JOBS, AND REDUCES STATE AND COUNTY TAX REVENUES: This Bill would have an extremely negative impact on our State economy in the form of reduced real estate sales, less affordable housing, millions of dollars in lost real property tax revenues from the separate tax assessment of CPR units, lost State income/GET/TAT tax revenue from the sale and rental of CPR units, and far reaching negative impacts on the entire real estate industry and local residents. 4. CREATES AN UNFUNDED MANDATE: The proposed legislation would create an unfunded mandate, putting an overwhelming burden on already overworked and under-staffed county departments, as well as the State of Hawaii Real Estate Branch, who will be tasked with interpreting, implementing, and enforcing the new law. 5. ILLOGICAL AND UNENFORCEABLE: Senate Bill 2524 appears to be based on a FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING of the Law that it seeks to amend, as Condominium Property Regimes (“CPRs”) are NOT subdivisions because they do NOT create separate parcels. As such, CPR creation NEVER affects a property’s use, zoning, density, permitting, building codes, community plans, island plans or urban growth boundaries.  A CPR is a FORM OF OWNERSHIP and NOT a process of “development.” As such, county subdivision requirements CANNOT be legally, logically, or practically applied to CPR units, making compliance with or enforcement of this legislation impossible. 6. UNNECESSARY AND REDUNDANT: The proposed Bill unfairly targets the CPR process, which is already authorized and highly regulated under Chapter 514-B of the Hawaii Revised Statues for ALL parcels. Strengthening State/county zoning ordinances, building codes, development standards, and enforcement of these rules are the only appropriate solutions for protecting land use, zoning, density, permitting/building codes, community plans, island plans, and urban growth boundaries, NOT further additions to the complex statewide CPR registration process already in place. 7. THE COUNTY OF MAUI MUST BE EXEMPTED: The County of Maui must be summarily exempt from this legislation because MAUI COUNTY’S ZONING, BUILDING, AND DEVELOPMENT CODES ALREADY FULLY ADDRESS THE INTENT OF SENATE BILL 2524. Maui County codes clearly stipulate that each agriculturally zoned parcel, REGARDLESS OF SIZE, may qualify for permits to build NO more than two (2) farm dwellings, AFTER implementation of farming activities on at least 51% of the property. This is why nearly all agricultural CPRs on Maui are only 2-units, regardless of parcel size. Furthermore, the County of Maui already requires subdivision-type infrastructure improvements for all parcels, regardless of zoning, with more than 3-dwellings. As such, the issues of infrastructure improvements, over-development of agricultural lands, and County participation in the CPR process are already thoroughly addressed by the County of Maui. Other counties (such as the City and County of Honolulu) that wish to regulate or “participate in the CPR process” should do so by strengthening and enforcing their county zoning and building codes.

Jakob Wormser
440 supporters