Community Development Digest

New York

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New York Retail Outlets Sought as Mall Operator Settles

A settlement with the largest U.S. mall operator to limit the dominance of the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets center near New York City could lead to more factory outlets in the metropolitan area, according to the New York state's attorney general.

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Grassroots Groups Can Apply for Community Development Grants

The fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations (with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less).

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Times Columnist Questions U.S. Affordable Housing Policy

Thomas Edsall, a political columnist for the New York Times, argues that the affordable housing industry is largely responsible for the concentrated poverty characterizing the United States today.

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Colleges, Universities Boosting Local Economies

For officials in community planning offices across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly clearer that colleges and universities can be important factors, if not drivers, of their local economies. A prime example is Niagara University in Western New York where the university's estimated annual economic impact on the region is more than $227 million. The situation is similar at many universities around the country.

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Westchester Goes Head-To-Head with HUD on CDBG

The county is challenging HUD’s authority to deny or withhold grants while accusing the county of noncompliance with the terms of their 2009 fair housing settlement.

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HUD Cuts CDBG Grants for ‘Too Rich’ Locales

Eight New York towns and villages will no longer receive Community Development Block Grant awards because they are too affluent according to HUD’s new definitions of affluence.

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Community Development from Coast to Coast

A quick roundup of development-related news from around the nation.

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City Nixes Low-Income Housing Plan

Officials in Amherst, NY reject a plan by a Cleveland, OH-based developer to buy and rehabilitate a low-income apartment complex in the Buffalo suburb with low-income housing tax credits.

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NYC Pushes Low-Cost Housing Plan

So far this year, the city has closed deals to build or preserve 10,846 affordable units, a number officials expect to rise to 16,000 by the end of the year.

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Audit Slams NY Housing Fix-up Oversight

LIHTF awards up to $44.2 million a year in loans and grants. Most of the awards are outside of New York City.

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