Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Bed Stuy Two-Bedrooms Renting for $2,350 a Month

Rendering by Beam Architects via NYC Housing Connect

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for six apartments in a five-story building at 855 Dekalb Avenue, between Marcus Garvey and Throop, in Bed Stuy.

All six of the affordable apartments are two-bedroom units with a monthly rent of $2,350. This is only $50 less than market rate two-bedroom units and only $250 less than three-bedroom units in the same building.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $80,572 and $159,640 for households of two to five people.

Building permits show a total of 20 apartments in the building. Behind the building is 1,110 square feet of recreation space, which includes 74 parking spaces for bikes. The lottery listing says there is a rooftop terrace, but that is not reflected in the permits.

The site was formerly home to a three-story factory. Alt-1 permits for the property say that plans called for a vertical enlargement of the building. But, as Brownstoner noted back in 2014, the original building was eventually demolished. The new building got its certificate of occupancy in 2019.

The site in 2012. Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

Boaz Golani of Beam Architects is the current applicant of record. Although this building is fairly sober, Beam specializes in modern mid-size apartment buildings with creative colors and shapes that stand out in Bushwick and Bed Stuy.

Isaac Hirsch of JIH Builders is listed as the owner on building permits. In 2018, Patch reported that Hirsch faked a burglary at the apartment of a tenant in a building he owned at 693 Madison Street in Bed Stuy after she claimed that he was trying to force rent-stabilized tenants out of the building.

Interior of a two-bedroom unit. Photo via NYC Housing Connect

Market rate units launched in August 2019. Listing photos show open kitchens with new appliances, hardwood floors, and balconies on some of the apartments.

Applications for the housing lottery must be submitted by December 28, 2020. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.

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