There are 12 units that are still available as part of an affordable housing lottery that first opened in August 2019. The building, a 10-story apartment building, dance hall and church, is located at 260 Knickerbocker Avenue, across the street from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick.
Of the affordable apartments remaining, there are four one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments. Monthly rents start at $1,850 and top out at $2,050.
The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $63,429 and $167,570 for households of one to five people.
The project, which rises above the former two-story Iglesia Bautista Central church, located on the corner of Willoughby, has been in the works for over five years. In 2014, initial permits filed were disapproved. They were amended a year later and approved.
According to building permits, there are 53 units in total. Parking for 27 vehicles is available off-site, and parking for 30 bicycles is available on the first floor in addition to the residential lobby and offices. An open roof terrace is available on the second floor, with an additional outdoor recreation space on the roof.
Building permits show that a house of worship, along with a meeting hall, kitchen, dining room and offices are located in the cellar. A dance hall and catering are on the first floor. (In the 1930s and 1950s, the building was a movie theater and dance hall, old certificates of occupancy show.)
Market-rate rentals in the building launched in July 2020. Listing photos show standard, modern units with hardwood floors, white walls, nearly floor-to-ceiling windows and small open kitchens. Apartments on the top floors offer surrounding views of Bushwick and Ridgewood, in Queens.
Iglesia Bautista Central remains the owner, and Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture and Design is the applicant of record. The height of the building contrasts with the three- and four-story 19th century tenements ringing the park.
Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by June 28, 2021. Apply through NYC Housing Connect.
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