City Hosting Design Competition for Oddly-Sized City Lots


New York City says it will host a design competition to help create affordable housing on lots that have been vacant for decades.

Many of the lots are very narrow and irregular, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development says the competition announced Monday could help solve design problems at other lots where building has been curtailed. The New York Times reports the competition will center on 23 lots owned by the city that have been vacant for a long time.

City officials say some of the lots are as narrow as 13 feet wide and constrained to 1,008 sq. feet, spread across all five boroughs of the city.

New York assumed ownership of thousands of properties beginning in the 1960s and 1970s when properties were seized from delinquent landlords.