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The city has just started taking applications for two affordable housing developments at 25 Woodbine Street and 1238 Decatur Street in Bushwick. The four-story, eight-unit building on Woodbine Street has two one-bedrooms up for rent, asking $1,004 a month. Income requirements range from $34,423 – $40,320 for either one or two people. It’s also only three blocks from the J and Z trains at Gates Avenue. Applications close December 23.

And over by the Wilson Avenue L train station, a one-bedroom and two two-bedrooms in a 15-unit building are looking for tenants. You’ll pay only $918 for the one-bedroom or $1,034 for the two-bedroom, and income caps start at $35,280 (for a single person) and go up to $50,340 (for a family of four). You’ll need to apply for 1238 Decatur Street (pictured) by January 7. Head over to NYC Housing Connect to start the application process.

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Permits were filed yesterday for a long-planned affordable development at 105 South 5th Street in Williamsburg. New York YIMBY first spotted the new building application for the 11-story mixed-use building, which will rise on a vacant lot across from the Williamsburg Bridge, and have 56 units scattered across 45,000 square feet of residential space.

The ground floor will include 4,100 square feet of retail and an 1,100-square-foot medical office. Crain’s reported last year that the retail space will go to community groups and local businesses, such as The Garden, a family-owned organic grocery store in Greenpoint.

Not counting the super’s unit, the project’s 55 apartments will break down into 28 two-bedrooms, 19 one-bedrooms and eight studios, according to Crain’s. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development owns the graffiti-filled lot. It used to be home to Landmarks’ architectural salvage warehouse, which was demolished three years ago. 

North Brooklyn Development Corp. and MDG Design and Construction are developing the 4,200-square-foot plot, and Dattner Architects is designing the building.

Permits Filed: 105 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner

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An affordable housing development powered by rooftop solar panels in East New York will start taking applications this Friday. Brick Underground first spotted the announcement for the lottery at Gateway Elton II, a 175-unit rental at 516 and 524 Vandalia Avenue. Rents at the Hudson-developed complex start at $494 a month for a studio and go as high as $1,317 for a four-bedroom. To qualify for the low-income rentals, families must make no more than 40 percent to 60 percent of the area median income. Income caps range from $33,560 for a family of four to $66,480 for a family of eight. 

The units will have dishwashers, and amenities include parking, a bike room, a fitness center, wifi in the common areas and laundry rooms. HPD has already rented out the 197 low-income units in Phase I, and Phase II broke ground in May 2013. Phase III will have 302 units and begin construction in July 2015. When it’s finished, the complex will feature a 300,000-watt rooftop solar array and 60,000 square feet of retail, including a day care, restaurants and a grocery store. The development is rising on a 236-acre former landfill in the Spring Creek section of East New York. GMAP

Check out the income breakdowns and rents here, and apply through NYC Housing Connect starting December 19.

A Solar-Powered East New York Rental for Under $500 a Month? Apply Now [BU]

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A big mixed-use project at the corner of Fulton and Clermont Avenue, long in the works, moved forward today with a filing for a new-building permit — and Aufgang Architects is the architect of record. The details appear to match what developer GFI Capital told Community Board 2 in January, when the board renewed an approval for a land use variance for the project.

The filing is for 810 Fulton Street, a new address, currently one of the last undeveloped lots on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The project, which is to connected to alterations to the forbidding gray building next door at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue, also owned by GFI Capital, will occupy 16 small lots on the wedge-shaped parking area between Clermont and Vanderbilt, pictured above, all of which will be merged into one tax lot.

Plans at 810 Fulton Street, as previously reported, call for a 12-story building with 363 apartments. The 327,000-square-foot development will have 34,308 square feet of ground floor retail. There will also be parking for 163 cars (79 stackers and five spaces), a laundry room, gym and children’s area, according to Schedule A documents. It will also have 85 affordable rentals, which is 23 percent of the 363 units, as previously reported.

Aufgang Architects, based in Suffern, N.Y., is also working on the adaptive reuse of the landmarked former Brillo pad factory at 200 Water Street in Dumbo. The Fort Greene project has been in the works since 2009.

Big Mixed-Use Development Planned for 470 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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The developer who paid $2,980,000 for a Bushwick church and related properties last week plans to include affordable housing and a large amount of space for the church in the new building. A representative from Manatus Development Group told us the development will be rentals, with 80 percent market rate and 20 percent affordable units.

The church will get 22,000 square feet of space on the first two floors, and Manatus will pay the church’s operating expenses. The addresses are 112-116 Suydam Street, 118-120 Suydam and 605, 609 and 611 Hart Street.

Bushwick Church Sells off Its Properties for $2.98 Million [Brownstoner] GMAP
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Nonprofit Doe Fund, which develops supportive and affordable housing, has filed new building applications for a large eight-story apartment building and community facility at 1345 Rogers Avenue in East Flatbush. The 91,206-square-foot project will have 53 123 units, 40 off-street parking spaces and 44 bike storage spots, according to Schedule A filings. There will also be a kitchen, offices and a laundry room, as part of the development’s 32,098 square feet of community space.

The site at 1345-1357 Rogers currently consists of a two-story detached townhouse, a single-story garage and a parking lot, as well as a vacant lot at 562 East 28th Street. All told, the lots encompass 24,570 square feet, according to the property’s for-sale listing. Doe Fund bought the four properties for $3,100,000 a year ago. The organization offers job training, counseling and housing for parolees and veterans, in addition to those struggling with mental illness, substance abuse and chronic homelessness. GMAP

Update: Reps from the Doe Fund tell us this development will have 123 units of permanent supportive and affordable housing, including studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

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The housing tower that overlooks Saratoga Park in Bed Stuy is one of six Section 8 complexes owned by NYCHA across the city that are going to be sold to affordable housing developer L+M Partners. The developer will buy a 50 percent stake for $400 million over 15 years plus invest $100 million in renovating the 900 units, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Once an apartment is renovated, the federal government will pay L&M the difference between what the market rate rent would be and what the Section 8 tenants are actually paying. In addition, said the paper, the developers “will be able to sell tax-exempt bonds and federal tax credits under an agreement that expires in 30 years.”

After that period, the properties “could be converted to market rate,” although that decision would be made by NYCHA and “officials said they were committed to preserving affordability.”

The deal is a “partnership” not unlike the ones that have lately been made with libraries, churches and others. NYCHA would retain ownership of the underlying land.

The complex, Saratoga Square at 930 Halsey Street, is technically in Ocean Hill, although locals consider it Bed Stuy. (The Journal said it is in Bushwick, which starts on the other side of Broadway.) It consists of two buildings containing 251 apartments, all of which are senior housing, according to NYCHA’s own website. (Also part of the complex, but presumably not included in the deal, is the notable Saratoga Avenue Community Center at 940 Hancock Street, which has won architectural awards for its design. The architect is George Ranalli.)

The other complexes — Campos Plaza, East 4th Street Rehab, Milbank-Frawley Houses, East 120th Street Rehab and Bronxchester Houses — are not in Brooklyn.

Curiously, we noticed last week, Fordham professor of history Mark Naison claimed in a recent story in BK Nation that Bed Stuy’s famous Marcy Houses, where Jay-Z grew up, are going market rate in a similar sounding scheme. He doesn’t cite his sources for this information. Perhaps residents told him apartments were being set aside. NYCHA has also said it wants to redistribute larger apartments to larger families.

New York City to Sell Public-Housing Stake [WSJ]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Foundation work is under way at 21 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, where Park Tower Group and L&M Development are building part of the massive Greenpoint Landing project. As previously reported, this is the former industrial property at the corner of Franklin, Commercial and Clay streets where six stories of affordable housing with 93 apartments and ground-floor commercial space will rise.

The developers have also filed plans for a second affordable building at 33 Eagle Street, which will have seven stories and 98 units. Handel Architects is designing both, and you can see the firm’s previously published rendering after the jump.

When the entire Greenpoint Landing development is finished, there will be 10 towers, 5,500 apartments, a new park and a K through 8 school on the East River waterfront.

21 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner]



Workers were digging the foundation at 1320-1328 Fulton Street, the big affordable development near Applebee’s in Bed Stuy, when we passed by recently. As Curbed reported in August, the building will have 57 units and 10 stories.

The architect is Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and the developer is Fulton Street South Redevelopment Company, which owns the Section 8 building next door at 1330 Fulton Street. Click through for lots more photos of the construction site and to see the rendering on the construction fence. GMAP (more…)

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A new affordable housing development, Utica Place, officially opened its doors yesterday at 1339 Lincoln Place in Crown Heights, bringing 87 units of affordable housing and a youth center for a neighborhood church to the corner of Utica Avenue, according to a press release we received. The 12-story rental building offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms for low-income New Yorkers, with rents ranging from $494 for a studio to $1,175 for a three-bedroom.

The city received 38,000 applications during the building’s lottery, and only families who made between $18,618 and $50,340 could become tenants. Eighteen units are set aside for veterans who make less than $23,520 per year, and eight additional apartments have been reserved for homeless veterans. Local nonprofit Jericho Project, which works to combat homelessness, will offer supportive services, including counseling and career services, to vets who live in the complex.

St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church also has 7,000 square feet of space in the development, in exchange for allowing the HPD and developers to demolish three of its aging buildings that sat where Utica Place has risen. The development also includes a four-story commercial building next door, where Blink Fitness, Deals and daycare Brooklyn Kid’s Academy occupy 38,000 square feet of space.

Residents have begun moving in over the last few weeks, and St. Matthews is already setting up its youth center. L+M Development developed the project, which cost roughly $26,500,000, and MHG Architects designed it.

DNAinfo was the first to write about the opening. Click through to see what the interiors and roof deck look like.

Windows Going in at Affordable Housing on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights [Brownstoner]
Photos by Jason Carter Rinaldi for Utica Place


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The townhouse trend continues with plans filed for what is likely to be affordable housing on a stretch of empty city-owned lots on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. Permits call for three three-story two-family homes at 716-720 Lafayette Avenue. Each townhouse will have 2,376 square feet and be configured as an upper duplex over a ground floor apartment.

The architects of record are Curtis + Ginsberg, who helped design the affordable Navy Green project in Clinton Hill and have worked on mixed-income multifamily developments elsewhere in Brooklyn. Permits list the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as the owner. The city has owned the vacant lots since at least the mid-1980s, according to public records. GMAP

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The Brooklyn Public Library is considering partnering with nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee to replace its one-story Sunset Park branch library at 5108 4th Avenue with an eight-story building that will house a bigger library as well as affordable rental apartments. There would be 55 units, 54 of which would be affordable and one of which would be for the building super, DNAinfo reported.

All but 10 of the rentals would be priced at half the current market rates, according to an email DNAinfo received from the Fifth Avenue Committee. Studios would rent for $525 to $750 a month, and three-bedroom apartments would be priced at $796 to $1,249 a month. The remaining 10 units would be aimed at “moderate” income households and would range from $1,000 for a studio to $1,595 for a three bedroom.

The library would increase in size from 12,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. The library would own its space as a condo; the rest of the building would be owned by the Fifth Avenue Committee. The project would cost about $25,000,000. (Presumably Fifth Avenue Committee would buy the property and finance the construction, minus the cost of the library condo, but the story didn’t go into those details.)

Library officials held a public meeting Monday with Community Board 7 at the library to discuss the plan. What do you think of it?

525-a-Month Studios Proposed for Redevelopment of Sunset Park Library [DNA]
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