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At least in much of DC density is maxed out without bonuses for low-income units and that's why it's required by law. Otherwise there would be no need for the law- developers would take advantage of the bonus voluntarily.

This doesn't make sense. If unlimited density were allowed without low income units, why would developers take advantage of a bonus for building low income units?

The reality that exists is that we have decided how big developers can build, using zoning tools. We allow them to build a bit bigger if they include some low-income units. There is no "requirement" unless you want extra than what is allowed by right.

In a building where rents are $3K and a certain number have to be available for Section 8, which is I guess about $1K, I'd assume the market rate tenants do pay higher.

Perhaps this is true if you compare the building with low-income units to the exact same building without low-income units. But that second building isn't allowed to be built legally so there's no point in making that comparison.

by MLD on Dec 19, 2012 2:10 pm • linkreport

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