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Would lifting the building heights limits help housing crisis?

6:34 PM, Nov 20, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Gray had wanted local elected officials and citizens to have final say over whether a federal law restricting the height on buildings could be lifted.

Today, in response to WUSA9's  Bruce Johnson's question, Gray said that affordable housing would be part of the additional housing that went into the taller structures. He also said if something isn't done to find more space and resources for affordable housing "more people will be forced out of the city."

It is an uphill battle for the Gray administration made even taller this week when the National Capitol Planning Commission voted not to recommend (to Congress) that the height restriction be lifted. A majority of the elected DC Council also opposes lifting the building height restrictions.

Gray's comments came at a press conference on Wednesday where he announced that the city was making a $187 million investment in affordable housing.

He added that the large amount would not be enough.

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