NEW YORK CITY-The City Council on Wednesday gave its approval to a mixed-use residential project on the East River waterfront in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section after the developer agreed to increase the project’s affordable housing quotient to 30% of its reported 776 units. Developer Isack Rosenberg’s project, Rose Plaza, had originally set aside 20% of its housing units for below-market-rate rents.

Council member Steve Levin says in a statement that he’s proud that the communities he represents “stood up” to demand a project that would benefit the area. With 144 family-sized apartments as well, “We are now guaranteed a development that will accommodate the needs of the greater Williamsburg community.” According to the New York Post, Levin had taken the developer to task at a hearing of the council’s land use committee last week, at which time the affordable-housing quotient was still less than 30% and the number of family-sized apartments was 60.

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