An affordable housing lottery has opened for 10 units in a seven-story building at 12 Ford Street in Crown Heights, a block away from Lincoln Terrace/Arthur S. Somers Park.
Of the 10 affordable apartments, there’s two studios, three one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units. Rents start at $822 a month for a studio and top out at $1,070 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.
The lottery is set an area median income range of 60 percent. Eligible incomes range between $28,123 and $62,580 for households of one to four people.
Prolific Brooklyn architect Charles Mallea of M Architecture is the architect of record. The firm is also modernizing 163 Court Street, the Cobble Hill Greek Revival shop front where Book Court used to be located.
Anchil Freidman is the developer, according to permit filings. He is also working on a large development at 2708 Snyder Avenue in East Flatbush, where a 74-feet-tall mixed-use structure is planned, according to a permit application filed in June.
Freidman purchased the Crown Heights site, comprised of four different lots and formerly a parking lot, in May 2015.
The building will have 49 apartments total, according to building permits. There will be outdoor space available to all the tenants, a laundry room, and parking for 22 cars and 25 bikes.
Leasing for market-rate units began in February. Based on the listing photos, all of the units have open kitchens, new appliances and hardwood floors throughout. They tend to favor the color green — some of the kitchens have dark green cabinets above the sink and stove, while most of the bathrooms appear to have green tile in the shower.
The building is located in the area formerly known as Weeksville. Founded by James Weeks in the 1830s as a free black community, by the 20th century Weeksville was swallowed up by the surrounding neighborhoods. As for Ford Street, Forgotten New York has an interesting post about its history.
Some of the current listings for the building display pictures of Prospect Park and popular restaurant Franklin Park, both at least a 45-minute walk away.
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