Massive Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 199 Units in East New York, Starting at $328 a Month

Rendering by Aufgang Architects via NY Governor's Press Office


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 199 units in a nine-story building at 911 Erskine Street in East New York. The building under construction is one of eight planned as part of the redevelopment of the former state-run Brooklyn Developmental Center site.

Of the affordable apartments, there are seven studios, 87 one-bedroom units, 63 two-bedroom units and 42 three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $328 and top out at $1,504.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 27 units, 40 percent for 40 units, 50 percent for 40 units, and 60 percent for the remaining 92 units. Eligible incomes range between $13,440 and $79,440 for households of one to seven people.

There will be an additional 68 units in the building for a total of 267. Building permits show bicycle storage and 104 residential parking spaces in the cellar, commercial space and parking on the first floor and a recreation room and outdoor space on the second floor.

The project, known as Fountains Seaview, was first announced by Governor Cuomo in 2017. The state-run Brooklyn Developmental Center, at 888 Fountain Avenue, closed in 2015, was decommissioned and sold to Arker Companies for $10 million after a competitive Request for Proposal process. The just under seven acres of land will ultimately include eight buildings with a mix of residential, retail and community space. A total of 1,169 residential units are planned, of which 397 will be affordable.

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An Erskine Avenue view of the former Brooklyn Development Center in 2018. Photo via Google Maps

This lottery is the second to launch in the planned complex. The first launched in September 2019 for 47 units at 11629 Seaview Avenue. Aufgang Architects is the architect of record for that building as well as 911 Erskine Street. Their other projects in Brooklyn include affordable housing projects at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill and 181 Front Street in Dumbo.

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

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