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Manhattan condo project is first to test New York's affordable housing rule

Mr de Blasio's affordable housing plan requires that 20-30 per cent of a project's units be set aside at below-market rents.

New York

A SMALL parking lot between 17th and 18th Streets, just off Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, has become an unlikely focal point in a battle over the future of mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing plan.

A developer wants to build a 17-storey, 62-unit condominium