Live in an Affordable Unit in ODA’s Nassau Brewery Build in Crown Heights Starting at $845

Rendering by ODA via YIMBY


One of ODA Architecture’s signature shiny, glassy, boxy buildings is rising on the site of the former Nassau Brewery in Crown Heights, and an affordable housing lottery opens Thursday for 24 units there, starting at $845 a month for a studio.

An affordable one-bedroom at 1040 Dean Street will run you just $11 more, or $856. Two-bedrooms rent for $1,022 a month.

The affordable units are aimed at folks making 60 percent of the area median income. To be eligible, household income must fall between $30,858 for one person and $54,360 for four people.

Image by NYC Housing Connect

Image by NYC Housing Connect

The mixed-use development, also known as 608 Franklin Avenue, will have 120 apartments altogether, including 96 market rate ones, and retail on the ground floor.

Amenities will include a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, bike storage, underground parking for 67 cars, and additional tenant storage in the building. Note tenants in the affordable units will pay an additional, optional fee for all of these except bike parking.

There’s no mention of washer/dryers in the units, and the building doesn’t have laundry, according to the DOB. The rent includes gas for cooking but not heat.

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The building under construction in October. Photo by Cate Corcoran

The development is built on part of the property of the old Nassau Brewing Company. It replaced three rundown, low-rise structures on Dean, not the beautiful old 19th-century brick brewery building next door at 949 Bergen Street.

The old brewery is owned by Crow Hill Development head Fabian Friedland, who is restoring it and plans to transform it into a mixed-use complex with shops and apartments. In 2014, Yoel Goldman of All Year Management bought the Dean Street side of the property from Friedland for $17.5 million.

The well-known Williamsburg firm is involved with many other projects across Brooklyn, including a deal to redevelop part of the old Rheingold brewery. ODA’s many Brooklyn developments include condos at 251 1st Street on 4th Avenue in Park Slope, a sugar-crystal-inspired office redevelopment of 10 Jay Street, and two controversial apartment towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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The old Nassau Brewery next door at 949 Bergen Street in October. Photo by Cate Corcoran

The development is on the same block as 1000 Dean Street, a former Studebaker service station that has been adapted into offices by architect Annabelle Selldorf and houses the Brooklyn Flea and food and beer hall Berg’n. The complex at 1040 Dean Street is close to shops and dining options on Franklin Avenue, and four blocks from the Franklin Avenue C and S stops.

The lottery opens Thursday, January 12 and runs through March 13. For more information or to submit an application, click here. Also check out Brownstoner’s tips for applying for affordable housing.

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