Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 39 Units in Williamsburg, Starting at $1,999 a Month

321 Wythe Avenue in September, 2017. Image via Google Maps


An affordable housing lottery has opened up for 39 units in an under-construction 19-story building at 321 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, one block from the Domino Sugar Refinery.

Of the 39 affordable apartments, there are 17 one-bedroom units and 22 two-bedroom units, starting at $1,999 and topping out at $2,399 per month.

The lottery is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $68,538 and $135,590 for households of one to four people.

Nataliya Donskoy of Brooklyn-based ND Architecture & Design is the architect on record. The firm is currently working on a number of projects in the borough, including the modern, boxy design for Rabsky’s building at 115 Stanwix Street, part of the Rheingold Brewery development.

Based on the renderings, the building at 321 Wythe Avenue will have a striking two color facade of cream over dark grey, with the residential building appearing to be raised over the first two floors, which will contain retail and a healthcare facility, according to public records.

Image via ND Architecture & Design

Rendering via Watermark Capital Group

Interior renderings show modern looking units with open kitchens, some with parquet tile floors, and clean-lined bathrooms with checkered floors.

There will be some unusual amenities in the building, for additional fees, including a theater, sauna and conference center, as well as a community room, gym, outdoor recreation space, and card- and coin-operated laundry room.

Image via Watermark Capital Group

Rendering via Watermark Capital Group

Developer Watermark Capital Group leased the site from Saints Peter and Paul Church in 2015 for $2.1 million per year up to 10 years, with increases after that determined by the lot’s fair market value, according to a story in DNAinfo at the time.

The new building replaces a former church that faced South 2nd Street and an adjoining parking lot. The church will keep a neighboring building at 288 Berry Street.

80-86 South Second Street in 2012. Image via Google Maps

80-86 South 2nd Street in 2012. Image via Google Maps

Strangely, the church added a clause in the lease that “bars a variety of activities associated with abortion, birth control, euthanasia, stem-cell research or pornography in the space, including any ‘obscene’ performances or the sale or distribution of pornographic material,” DNAinfo reported.

The clause also stated that the developer could “not allow the performance of abortions or euthanasia, or counseling on abortion, birth control and euthanasia.”

Applications must be submitted by July 17. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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