A new report warns that the “toxic legacy of toxic construction” is threatening New York City’s quality-of-life, and that building codes and zoning requirements need to be changed to address it.
“These projects are the epitome of the toxic legacy of the past decade,” the report by the New York-based Environmental Integrity Project and the Urban Land Institute says.
“We found that nearly every one of the most toxic properties built since 2009 in New York has been built on a residential or commercial lot.”
“These properties are built on lots that already have serious problems with water and sewer overflows and have been for years,” the authors write.
“The average age of a site built in a ‘toxic’ site is around 30 years old.”
The report comes as the city’s housing market is still in a state of flux after the citywide reopening of its long-closed affordable housing units in mid-August.
The city’s average price of homes has risen to $1.15 million, a record for the city, according to a recent Bloomberg survey.
While some of the citys new affordable units are set to come online this year, more than 60,000 people are still waiting to get their first home, and only 3 percent of those people live in the city.
The report notes that this is due to the city s building codes that were tightened in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
In 2015, the city began to adopt new codes to ensure that all of its new housing units comply with state and federal building codes.
But many of the new codes still don’t allow for any kind of mixed-use development, or for affordable housing to be built in the first place.
The authors say the city is already seeing some of these toxic projects taking shape, particularly in the suburbs.
For example, they say that the city currently has around 500 toxic housing projects under construction across the city that could have a huge impact on the quality of New Yorks life if they were built.
“Our analysis shows that, in many cases, these developments have little to do with the public health, and are instead driven by political incentives to maximize revenue from their development,” the researchers wrote.
The study found that more than half of the buildings in New Jersey, which had the most projects under development, were built on residential or private lots.
A majority of these were on the same blocks that are now home to affordable housing projects.
“Some of these are being built on public land, which is prohibited under New Jersey state law,” the study found.
The Urban Land Foundation also found that some of those new projects are being developed on private lots, where there is no public access to the lots.
For instance, in the town of St. Albans, in New Hampshire, a developer has been using a lot adjacent to a local elementary school to build a new building that is set to be the city government’s largest residential development ever.
The developer, New Jersey-based Development Partners LLC, has already been building three more units in the project.
“It’s a clear indication that the developer wants to have as many affordable housing options as possible on public property,” the Urban Light Foundation’s Michael A. Dannenfelser said in a statement.
“And yet, many of these developments will be built on private properties that are already under development.”