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City Lawmakers File Suit Against Housing Authority Plan To Lease Public Housing Land

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City lawmakers have moved to stop the New York City Housing Authority from leasing public housing land for market rate high rises.

The housing authority is looking to turn 14 sites within eight Manhattan locations into extra cash, but the City Council, along with some tenant leaders, have filed a lawsuit aimed at putting the breaks on the plan.

NYCHA was asking developers to submit "expressions of interest" for the plots, which are mostly parking lots, by November 18.

They want developers to build market rate apartment buildings on the land, setting aside about one-fifth of the units for low-income housing.

Housing Authority officials said the lawsuit is unfortunate because it would block a plan that would generate significant revenue for public housing.

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