EAST NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio and community members today celebrated the start of a new project in East New York called Livonia Commons.

The new construction taking place on Livonia Avenue will soon bring new developments and hundreds of affordable apartments.

Developers are beginning the first phase of the $90 million project. There will be more than 270 units in four buildings.

City officials say the project will be 100 percent affordable, with some units set aside for people with disabilities and transitioning out of the city's shelter.

Some neighbors say the lots have been vacant for years and are excited to see the new development and the opportunities it will bring.

Units will be available for people earning roughly up to $24,000 per year to families of four earning up to $51,000 per year.

The project is expected to be ready for tenants by December 2016.