East Flatbush residents react to new affordable housing coming to their neighborhood

An affordable housing plan worth $256 million is coming to East Flatbush, according to a report by New York Yimby.
In February of 2022, Empire State Development adopted a general project plan for the Utica Crescent Mixed Use Project to transform this property. The project, spearheaded by CB Emmanuel Realty and Equity Develops, will not only provide affordable housing, but also retail stores, a grocery store, and a dialysis center, led by One Brooklyn Health. 
"I think it's definitely needed in this economy, with everything going on we could definitely use some help in this area," said Amanda Salhab, a resident of East Flatbush.
Residents that earn up to 80% of the area's median income will qualify for the housing. There will be two residential towers with 322 units, including special units for senior citizens.
"Most of these businesses will close down and new businesses will come to the community that won't last very long and will shut down as well so it will have a big impact [on] stuff over here," said Josiah Hill of Jamaica-Kingston.
The project is expected to be completed by June of 2026.