News De Blasio adds 300 affordable housing units near Barclays Center Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Bruce Ratner of Forest City Enterprises, attends a groundbreaking ceremony at 535 Carlton Ave. marking the start of 289 affordable housing units in downtown Brooklyn on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier By EMILY NGO email@example.com @epngo December 15, 2014 8:25 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Mayor Bill de Blasio added nearly 300 affordable-housing units toward his goal of creating or preserving 200,000 low-cost apartments within a decade with the groundbreaking Monday of a project near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Pacific Park Brooklyn, formerly known as Atlantic Yards, will feature a building with 298 units reserved for low- to middle-income residents, or families of four making between $32,000 and $138,000. Developers must prioritize low-cost housing alongside more expensive, market-rate complexes, de Blasio said at a news conference at the Prospect Heights site. "I did support this development from the beginning because I saw what was happening around us," he said, "and I knew if we didn't change the dynamic, people would just be priced out over and over again." De Blasio has pushed affordable housing as a key component of the complex -- which includes Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets and the arena at the center of the city's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention -- in part because eminent domain was used to remove former residents. The city Housing Development Corporation is contributing a $73 million tax-exempt first mortgage for the new building, named 535 Carlton for its address, as well as $11.75 million in subsidy financing. The first residence began construction at Pacific Park in 2012. Ground is to be broken for a third building next June. The entire complex will include 6,430 apartments, with one-third categorized as affordable. De Blasio expects to have financing and permits secured for 16,000 affordable housing units by the end of this year. By EMILY NGO firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.