Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 112 Units in East New York, Starting at $331 a Month

Rendering by Aufgang Architects via NYC Housing Connect


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 112 units in a nine-story building under construction at 881 Erskine Street in East New York.

Of the affordable apartments, there are 22 studios, 48 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $331 and top out at $1,472.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 15 apartments, 40 percent for another 15 apartments, and 60 percent for the remaining 82 apartments. Eligible incomes range between $13,543 and $84,600 for households of one to seven people.

There are a total of 144 units in the building. Two commercial spaces will be on the ground floor, along with 73 parking spaces for bikes and 44 parking spaces for cars across three areas. An outdoor recreation area will be on the second floor, and separate laundry rooms will be on floors two through nine.

The building under construction in August 2018. Photo via GoogleMaps

The project, known as Fountain Seaview, was first announced by Governor Cuomo in 2017. The state-run Brooklyn Developmental Center, at 888 Fountain Avenue, closed in 2015, was decommissioned and sold to Arker Companies for $10 million after a competitive Request for Proposal process. The just under seven acres of land will ultimately include eight buildings with a mix of residential, retail and community space. A total of 1,169 residential units are planned, of which 397 will be affordable.

This lottery is the third to launch in the planned complex. The first opened in September 2019 for 47 units at 11629 Seaview Avenue and the second in March 2020 for 199 units at 911 Erskine Street.

The site in October 2017. Photo via Google Maps

Aufgang Architects is the architect of record for all three buildings. Their other projects in Brooklyn include affordable housing projects at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill and 181 Front Street in Dumbo.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by January 27, 2021. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.

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