‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery Opens in Bushwick, Starting at $1,885 a Month for a Studio

Rendering by Boro Architects


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 10 newly constructed units in a nine-story building at 1127 Willoughby Avenue in Bushwick, called the Gloria Willoughby Apartments.

Of the affordable apartments, there is one studio, four one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $1,885 and top out at $2,436.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent — resulting in rents close to market rate housing. Eligible incomes range between $64,629 and $138,710 for households of one to four people.

There are 32 units total, with storage for 16 bicycles on the first floor. Parking for seven vehicles is off-site, while an additional nine spaces on the ground floor. Recreation space for residents can be found on the roof.

The site was formerly a one-story warehouse that was home to a commercial kitchen and food service equipment repair company called Alpro Service Company.

The site in February 2015. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

It was purchased in 2015 for $6.06 million by Adam Smith of New York-based MKF Group and demolished the same year.

MKF Group has a number of projects in different stages of development in Bushwick, including a 12-story mixed-use building at 301 Himrod Street.

Darrin Krumpus of Boro Architects is the architect of record. Based on renderings, it is boxy in design, with the nine-story building pushed back off the street and a one-story extension reaching out on the ground level.

The site in June 2018. Photo by Google Maps

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by July 5, 2019. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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