Are These 141 Units in East Flatbush, Starting at $2,156 a Month, Really Affordable?

Rendering by Hill West Architects

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A massive new affordable housing lottery has opened for 141 newly constructed units in a 26-story tower at 123 Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush. The building has been dubbed PLG, despite it not actually being located in that neighborhood.

But the question that plagues so many affordable housing lotteries remains: Are these units really affordable?

There are 36 studios, 67 one-bedroom units, 31 two-bedroom units and seven three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $2,156 and top out at $3,122 a month.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $73,920 and $172,120 for households of one to seven people.

There are 467 units total in the building. Attended parking for 77 cars will be in the cellar, along with a pool, spa and sauna rooms, locker rooms, as well as separate laundry, fitness, party, games, pets and “screen” rooms, an art studio and a workshop.

A school, along with 48 additional attended parking spaces, will be on the first floor (the school will also occupy space on the third floor); and 158 additional parking spots can be found on the second floor.

Rendering by Hill West Architects

Indoor and outdoor recreation spaces are located on the fourth floor (going by the renderings, the outdoor space here is a half-court for basketball), and an additional pool can be found on the 22nd floor.

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The New York Congregational Home for the Aged in 2013. Photo via GoogleMaps

The site was previously home to New York Congregational Home for the Aged, who occupied a Colonial Revival building built in 1918 (wings were added in 1921 and 1927) and designed by the Parfitt Brothers. Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen wrote about the history and architecture of the property in 2011 “Building of the Day” column. The building was demolished in 2016.

Rendering by Hill West Architects

David West of Hill West Architects is the applicant of record. The Moinian Group and Bushburg Properties are the developers (Abraham Hoffman of Bushberg is listed as the owner on building permits), who purchased the property for $18.5 million in February 2016.

Leasing for market-rate units began in September 2019, some renting for barely $250 more than their affordable counterparts. Based on the listing photos, many of which are renderings, the units have open kitchen/living rooms, large windows in the bedrooms, and an overall clean, modern look.

Photo via The Moinian Group

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by February 3, 2020. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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