Pols celebrate new homes in Coney Island

Pols celebrate new homes in Coney Island
Photo by Erica Price

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Local pols and community leaders snipped the blue ribbon, opening new below-market-rate housing — Coney Island Homes — in the eponymous neighborhood on Aug. 4.

The new Canal Avenue digs are part of a $4-million project that brings seven three-family homes to different locations scattered around the borough, to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to low-and-moderate-income families. The project helps a bunch of families stay in the neighborhood they’ve grown up in and still love, said Assemblywoman Pam Harris (D–Coney Island).

“All too often, we see families being forced out of their communities because of the increased cost of living,” she said. “Our community is special because of the people that put down roots here. Because of this great program, families will be able to start a life, raise their children, and build a bright future right here in Coney Island.”

The new homes between W. 35th and W. 36th streets — developed under the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s new Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program — are a win for the community and its residents who will sign up for a new pair of keys, said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island).

“I am proud to support programs that create more opportunities for affordable home ownership in our community, especially when they involve turning empty lots into beautiful and resilient residences,” he said.

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