Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Three Units in Williamsburg, Each $2,211 a Month

Photo of 141 Metropolitan by Reside NY


An affordable housing lottery has opened for three units in a new four-story building at 141 Metropolitan Avenue, between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. The building stands directly across the street from the popular original location of Nitehawk Cinema.

Of the affordable apartments, only a trio of one-bedroom units are available, each with a monthly rent of $2,211.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent, which is high for “affordable” units but also becoming quite commonplace in Brooklyn due to the 421a tax break available to developers. Eligible incomes range between $75,806 and $124,930 for households of one to three people.

There are seven units total in the building. According to building permits, a laundry room will be in the cellar and commercial space will occupy the ground floor. The lottery listing says there will be roof access and a backyard. Based on listing photos for market-rate units, the backyard appears to be accessible only to the ground floor tenant.

The structure takes the place of a three-story residential building that was demolished in 2016.

The site in 2015. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

De-Jan Lu is the architect of record. He has worked on a number of projects in Brooklyn, including a five-story residential building on Harman Street in Bushwick and a four-story residential building on Myrtle Avenue in Bed Stuy. He also designed a seven-story building at 125 Borinquen Place in Williamsburg, which had an affordable housing lottery for 25 units in October 2018. Moshe Jacobs of the curiously named Mojo On Metro LLC is the owner.

Leasing for market-rate units began in March 2019. Based on the listing photos, the units have large open kitchens, large bedrooms, a lot of windows and a balcony. Some of the units appear to have their own washer-dryer, but not all.

Photo by Reside NY

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by October 22, 2019. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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