Massive Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 176 Units in Brownsville, Starting at $367 a Month

Photo by Brisa Builders Corporation

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A massive and actually affordable lottery has opened up for 176 units at 672 Powell Street in Brownsville. It is the first phase of long-gestating Ebenezer Plaza, which will, in total, result in four buildings across two large lots. According to the city’s Housing Connect, there will be more than 500 affordable units across the entire complex.

Of the 176 affordable apartments in this lottery, there are 17 studios, 110 one-bedrooms, 31 two-bedrooms and 18 three-bedrooms. Monthly rents start at $367 and top out at $1,472.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 20 units, 40 percent for another 20 units, 50 percent for another 20 units, and 60 percent for the remaining 116 units. Eligible incomes range between $14,983 and $79,440 for households of one to seven people.

A total of 197 units will be in the first building, which is currently under construction. Building permits show bicycle storage in the cellar, a one-car garage, oddly, on the first floor, and a house of worship that will take over a section of both the ground floor and the cellar. Both outdoor and indoor recreation space for tenants will be located on the second floor.

Previously, the site was home to a series of one-story brick garages that housed auto body shops.

The site in 2008. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

The Church of God of East Flatbush, which will occupy the house of worship at Ebenezer Plaza, sold the property for $12.6 million in 2016. They partnered with Brisa Builders Corporation and Procida Companies on the project, all brought together under a program initiated by Borough President Eric Adams in 2016, according to Crain’s.

Rendering by Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman, a huge global firm noted for institutional and commercial buildings such as schools and hotels, is the architect of record on the permit application. In Brooklyn, they designed the glassy, modern 10-story office tower that is rising above Macy’s in Downtown Brooklyn and the condo conversion of a former bathhouse in Greenpoint.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by March 23. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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