Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 17 Units in Midwood, Starting at $2,156 a Month

Image via NYC Housing Connect


An affordable housing lottery has opened for 17 units in an eight-story building at 1533 East 19th Street in Midwood.

Of the affordable apartments, there is one studio, 14 one-bedroom units and a pair of two-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $2,156 and top out at $2,710.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent, which is high but not unusual for lotteries in Brooklyn that receive the 421-a tax break. Eligible incomes range between $73,920 and $159,640 for households of one to five people.

There are 56 units total in the building. Seventeen parking spaces for cars will be located off-site, while 28 spaces for bicycles will be in the cellar. On the second floor will be 1,332 square feet of recreation space. The listing says units will have a dishwasher and air conditioning. While a rooftop terrace is also mentioned, that is not reflected in building permits.

Formerly, there were three wood-frame houses on the site, which were demolished in 2016.

The site in August 2011. Photo via Google Maps

Those three houses were purchased between 2015 and 2016 for a combined $3.79 million by Benny Faize, who is listed as the owner on building permits. Shahriar Afshari, who is behind the design of the apartment building at the former site of a pre-Civil War Clinton Hill home, is the applicant of record.

Photo via NYC Housing Connect

Leasing for market-rate units began in February. Based on the listing photos, the units have large open kitchens, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and bedroom.

Image via NYC Housing Connect

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by March 11, 2021. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.

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