Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 121 Units in East New York, Starting at $413 a Month

Rendering by GLUCK+


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 121 newly constructed units in two seven-story buildings in East New York, located at 679 Van Sinderen Avenue and 180 New Lots Avenue. Together, the complex is called Van Sinderen Plaza.

This is the second large — and actually affordable — lottery in East New York since the summer. In September, a lottery opened for a whopping 240 units in the Livonia Commons complex.

Of the affordable apartments, there are 50 one-bedroom units, 54 two-bedroom units and 17 three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $413 and top out at $1,281.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 30 percent for 10 of the units, 40 percent for 14 units, 50 percent for another 20 units and 60 percent for the remaining 77 units. Eligible incomes range between $16,629 and $72,600 for households of one to six people.

Permits for Van Sinderen Plaza were first filed in February 2016, just prior to the rezoning of East New York. Rella Fogliano of Pelham-based MacQuesten Development is behind the project — along with the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development — and Peter Gluck is the architect of record.

The larger building is at 679 Van Sinderen Avenue, which will have 102 units total. Retail space will be on the ground floor and 21 parking spaces will be available underground.

There’s no parking garage in the second, smaller building at 180 New Lots Avenue. While the same height as its partner, this building will only house a total of 28 units. It will also have retail on the ground floor, and both buildings have the same amenities: elevator, roof deck, recreation room and bicycle storage.

Rendering by GLUCK+

Rendering by GLUCK+

Based on renderings, the facades of the buildings will be a mix of light brown, orange, red and grey material, with a design that looks like colorful layers draped over one another.

Both buildings were formerly empty lots. They are right up against the elevated L train tracks, and across the street from the New Lots Avenue station. The entire L train line will shut down for 15 months in April 2019.

170 New Lots Avenue in November 2016. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

170 New Lots Avenue in November 2016. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by December 28. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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