Lottery Opens for Seven Affordable Three-Bedroom Units in East Flatbush for $1,279 a Month

Rendering of Crystal Towers courtesy of HPD

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An affordable housing lottery has opened up for seven units in an eight-story building under construction at 1345 Rogers Avenue in East Flatbush that is named Crystal Towers.

All of the seven affordable apartments are three-bedroom units that will rent for $1,279 per month.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 60 percent. Eligible incomes range between $43,852 and $72,600 for households of three to six people.

Nonprofit group Doe Fund, which develops supportive and affordable housing, purchased the site in 2013 for $3.1 million. The multiple lots at 1345-1357 Rogers previously consisted of a two-story detached townhouse, a single-story garage and a parking lot as well as a vacant lot at 562 East 28th Street.

The building was developed under HDC’s Extremely Low and Low-Income Affordability (ELLA) program and HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP).

1345 Rogers Avenue in 2016. Photo by Joe Strini for PropertyShark

1345 Rogers Avenue in 2016. Photo by Joe Strini for PropertyShark

There are 123 units total in the building. The other 115 that are not in the lottery will have rents subsidized by Section 8 vouchers provided by NYCHA, with 74 of those specifically set aside for people who were formerly homeless.

Delacour Ferrara & Church is the architect of record. The building’s watercolor-like rendering reveals what appears to be a limestone base with lots of big windows at the street level. The top and middle of the building will be recessed and covered in green tile. It is sandwiched between two side sections of red brick.

The colors and setbacks make the otherwise large building resemble a grouping of small apartment buildings and townhouses, and the openings at the base make the building relatable to passerby.

1345 Rogers Avenue in September 2017. Photo via Google Maps

1345 Rogers Avenue in September 2017. Photo via Google Maps

There will be parking spaces that can accommodate 40 vehicles, around the clock security, an on-site resident super, garden, bicycle storage and on-site social services. There’s also a laundry room, but it comes with an additional fee.

Applications must be submitted by August 13. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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