Bronx Takes Center Stage in Adams Housing Development Push

The City: City planners look to create as many as 6,000 new apartments near future Metro-North stations, among 50,000 homes to come.

The Bronx plays a starring role in Mayor Eric Adams’ push to promote the construction of more housing, with a commitment announced Thursday to spur development along four new Metro-North stations set to open on the borough’s east side.

The mayor’s Building and Land Use Approval Streamlining Taskforce, or BLAST, made more than 100 suggestions to streamline approvals and regulations to speed projects and reduce costs, including environmental and land-use reviews as well as permitting through the Department of Buildings.

To visualize the usual bureaucracy of building, the mayor stood next to boxes of paper in the rotunda of City Hall.

“This stack of papers here — this is what it takes to get it done,” he said. “People are reading through 50,000 pieces of paper to actually get housing built in our city. It’s antiquated, it’s counterproductive, and we have to face it head-on.” Read More >>