Pataki attends grand opening of BX affordable housing complex
Governor Pataki attended the grand opening of a new affordable housing complex on Clarke Place Thursday.There are 63 apartments at Carmelo Acosta Plaza, a building for low income and formally homeless families built through state and federal funding. The building sits on what used to be city-owned land, but the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development gave it to the developer for free.There are thousands more in the Bronx living in substandard housing and homeless shelters. So, in a time when homelessness remains high and availability of affordable housing low, Pataki highlighted this as an accomplishment.Many residents at Carmelo Acosta Plaza say they hope the building will be more than just a structure. They want it to be a productive and growing community.It cost more than $11 million to build the complex. Families living there pay less then $600 a month in rent.