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New York City aims to spur construction of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

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New York City aims to spur construction of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

Program offers up to $400,000 for homeowners to build granny flats


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | December 7, 2023
Image by Noel from Pixabay New York City aims to spur construction of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
Image by Noel from Pixabay

To address a serious housing shortage, New York City is trying to get more homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

The city recently unveiled a program that offers owners of single-family homes up to nearly $400,000 to construct an apartment on their property. The program is modest in scope, limiting the number of grants to 15 homeowners, but the city hopes it will create momentum for building more granny flats.

The mayor’s administration is also backing zoning changes to allow homeowners in more parts of the city to add ADUs. Previous government initiatives to modify regulations and encourage development of ADUs have largely failed, according to a report in the New York Times. Suburban legislators helped stymie Gov. Kathy Hochul’s attempt this year to ease some restrictions, the Times reported.

Although many people conceive of New York as a high-density area, lower-density neighborhoods make up more than half of the city’s land. These neighborhoods can accommodate many ADUs.

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