Lavenburg Establishes $1,000,000 Foundation for a Model House on East Side
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Lavenburg Establishes $1,000,000 Foundation for a Model House on East Side

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Sanitary, healthful and comfortable apartments to rent for $25 or less a month to working people on the East Side of New York will be provided by a bill soon to be introduced in the Legisuature.

This is the first step toward putting Governor Smith’s housing program into practical effect.

Plans are already under way for the first of the model tenements to be authorized by this measure. It will be built with a 180-foot front on Goerck Street near Stanton Street. About 120 families will be accommodated in four room apartments renting at the rate of $6 a room a month.

The bill known as the Downing-Steingut bill, creates the Fred L. Lavenburg foundation of $1,000,000 which is to carry out the work. Mr. Lavenburg has given $750,000 in money and the plot on Goerck Street to start the work. Mr. Lavenburg is the brother-in-law of the late Oscar Straus.

The measure names as incorporators of the foundation Benjamin Straus, Edmund E. Wise. Arthur E. Somers, Hugo Blumenthal, Myron Falk, Benjamin Tuska, Boyden S. Sparks, Alexander M. Bing, Carl S. Stein and Fred L. Lavenburg. It is planned to build a similar house in Brooklyn.

No return or interest is expected on the investment. Money realized from rent will be used for operation and upkeep. If there is a surplus the rents will be reduced.



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