Lottery Opens for Affordable Apartments in Brownsville, Starting at $876 a Month

Rendering by Dattner Architects


A lottery has opened for 25 affordable apartments in a new building rising at the Van Dyke houses at 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville.

Monthly rents are set at 60 percent of Area Median Income, and clock in at $876 for a one-bedroom and $1,058 for a two-bedroom.

When complete, the 12-story building will have a total of 100 units, according to DOB permits. Eligible households ranging in size from one to four people will make between $31,989 and $54,360 a year.

NYCHA and CAMBA are the developers, and Dattner Architects is the designer.

The all-residential building will have an attended lobby with front desk security 24/7 and CAMBA provided social services for all residents. The latter include family services, financial literacy, employment services, healthcare, education and job training.

The building has two large community rooms, outdoor landscaping, a computer training center and laundry room. There is also storage for 50 bikes in the cellar and an “accessory outdoor recreation area” on the roof, according to DOB permits.

With 95,702 square feet of residential space in the building, that works out to an average of 957 square feet per apartment.

The other 75 units will be filled through a NYCHA waiting list and referrals from the Department of Homeless Services.

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Rendering by Dattner Architects

The environmentally friendly building meets LEED Silver standards and has low VOC materials, according to CAMBA.

The gracefully curved building is rising on the site of a former parking lot, as we have reported. Just down the street is the 100-year-old, William Tubby-designed Stone Avenue Library, at 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, which the LPC landmarked in 2015.


The Stone Avenue Library. Photo via Historic Districts Council

Dattner is well known for its work throughout Brooklyn, which includes BAM North Site II in Fort Greene, CAMBA Gardens Phase II in Flatbush, a delightful and award winning sanitation complex in Bushwick, and sound stages for the Navy Yard’s Steiner Studios.

CAMBA is a nonprofit with more than 1,600 employees that helps families living in poverty.

The lottery opened Friday, March 24 and runs through May 24. For more information on the lottery and to apply, visit NYC Housing Connect. For tips on how to apply, read our Brownstoner guide.

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