Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for One Studio, Trio of Three-Bedroom Units in Crown Heights

The building rising at far left under scaffolding in November. Photo by Google Maps


An affordable housing lottery has opened for four units in a six-story building under construction at 916 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, next to the Franklin Avenue Shuttle tracks.

Of the four affordable apartments, there’s one studio and a trio of three-bedroom apartments. Rents start at $1,769 a month for the studio and top out at $2,635 a month for the three-bedroom units.

The lottery is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $60,652 and $157,300 for households of one to six people.

The building will have 12 units total. Storage for eight bicycles and recreational space on the roof will be available to tenants.

The site was formerly an empty lot. It was purchased in June 2016 by developer Cheskel Landau for $1.8 million. It previously changed hands in 2011 for $318,000.

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, one of several developments on the sprawling former Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick.

916 Bergen Street in 2006. Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

The empty lot in 2006. Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

The apartment building will stand across the street from Smorgasburg spinoff Berg’n, a popular food hall that opened in 2014.

Also across the street is the old Nassau Brewing Company site, whose beautiful old 19th-century brick brewery building at 949 Bergen Street is under scaffolding. (On the other side of the brewery site, not visible from here, is 1040 Dean Street, a new eight-story building called the Dean that was designed by ODA and completed last year.)

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The old Nassau Brewery building on the corner of Bergen and Franklin last year. Photo by Cate Corcoran

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by August 27. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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