War of the Roses

Apparently things got pretty heated at the Borough President’s hearing for Rose Plaza.

Marty, to his credit, pushed the applicant to go beyond the bare minimum of 20% affordable housing. Their response was:

‘There is no other waterfront project developed on private land that is required to provide more than 20 percent affordable housing,’ said [Rose attorney Howard] Weiss.

Fair point (though I think Schaeffer Landing would meet Weiss’s test). But on the other hand, the community has consistently advocated for more than 20%. Twice as much as 20%, in fact.