In 2018, the New York City Housing Authority bought two squids from a local fisherman for $2,500.
“We’re going to build this house with no squids, and that’s how it’s going to be,” said David L. Johnson, a spokesman for the agency.
Mr. Johnson did not say when the house will open, but he said the agency has been working with local governments and developers to find a way to make it affordable.
In January, the city bought another squid for $1,600 from a man in the Bronx who was selling fish for his family.
The buyer, whose name is not being released, said he planned to make the house on a 10-acre plot in the city’s Park Slope neighborhood, but didn’t specify how much.
“I’m not going to tell you exactly what I’m going to do,” the man said in a phone interview.
“You have to find out for yourself.”
As with squids in other cities, the Bronx’s squids could be a boon to developers.
The agency’s program offers free permits to developers to build houses with them, and developers are allowed to include them in a project if they have the building permits and insurance, according to a document from the Housing Authority that the agency filed with the New Jersey Supreme Court last month.
The squids have been popular in New York for more than a century, said Brian Graziano, who directs the Center for Land Use Policy and Policy Analysis at Rutgers University.
They are small, can be installed without a permit, and they have been an essential building material in many New York projects.
But the New Yorkers who have built the houses have complained about the squids’ smell and said they are a drain on land, Mr. Graziani said.
The city will likely use the squid permits to pay for repairs and improvements to the house, including a sprinkler system, Mr-Johnson said.
Mr-Graziano said the city has begun to work with the developer to find another way to put the house up for sale.
The government could also try to buy the house.
The New York Housing Authority owns the land in question, and it’s possible that the city could ask the agency to purchase the property and sell it, Mr.-Johnson said in an email.
If the city is looking for a buyer, Mr..
Johnson said, “we’re happy to discuss this in a way that supports our housing authority program.”
The agency does not own the land.