This week, an affordable housing lottery has opened for three one-bedroom units in a new four-story building at 1140 Bushwick Avenue, near the corner of Putnam Avenue.
All three of the available apartments have one bedroom, and monthly rents are $1,881 a month.
The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent, which is increasingly becoming the norm for affordable units, especially in Bushwick. Eligible incomes range between $64,492 and $108,550 for households of one to two people.
Empty and boarded up for years, the original house at 1140 Bushwick Avenue caught fire twice in 2015 and was demolished the same year. Mendel Gold purchased the property in 2015, the same year as the fire, for $495,000. Gold was previously on the Public Advocate’s list of the 100 worst landlords in 2016.
There are eight total units in the building. According to building records, a laundry room is in the cellar. The lottery listing says there is rooftop access, but that is not reflected in the building permits.
Udoette D. Isaiah is the architect of record. The facade is two different shades of dark red, split down the middle; one half is brick.
Market rate apartments in the same building began renting in February 2017. Based on the listing photos, they have open kitchens that utilize different shades of wood, some pocket doors, small balconies and bathrooms with dark tile walls. Some of them appear to be duplexes.
Other one-bedroom units in the building have rented for $2,000 a month, which is only $119 more than the affordable units currently available.
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