Affordable Lottery Opens for Eight Units in Greenpoint Starting at $2,270 a Month

215 Freeman Street in January 2018. Photo by Google Maps

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for eight units in a six-story building at 215 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, near the base of the Pulaski Bridge.

Of the eight affordable apartments, there’s four one-bedrooms and four two-bedrooms. Rents start at $2,270 a month for a one-bedroom and top out at $2,733 a month for a two-bedroom apartment — prices that rival market-rate units throughout the borough.

The lottery is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $77,829 and $146,510 for households of one to five people.

Yidel Hirsch, who is developing a number of projects along Freeman Street, purchased the property in 2015 for $7.5 million. It was formerly the home of Nuvite Chemical Compounds, which was demolished in 2016.

Tafadzwa Mwandiambira of Baobab Architects is listed as the architect of record. But according to the building’s website, it was designed by the firm StudiosC, who also worked on the 81-unit building in Clinton Hill that abuts the former Broken Angel.

Rendering via StudiosC

Rendering via StudiosC

The building, known as The Freeman Corner Apartments, has a total of 25 units according to building permits. There will be a fitness center and yoga room, laundry, a roof deck and parking for 13 bicycles and 13 cars (additional fees required for the latter).

Image via StreetEasy

Image via StreetEasy

Leasing for market-rate units began in March, with rents starting at $3,050 for a two-bedroom with one bathroom, or $317 more than an affordable two-bedroom. Based on the listing photos, all of the units have open kitchens, new appliances and hardwood floors throughout. Some of the kitchens have dark blue cabinets above the sink and stove, while most of the bathrooms appear to have subway tile in the shower.

Image via StreetEasy

Image via StreetEasy

Image via StreetEasy

Image via StreetEasy

Some of the units have a balcony, although it’s unclear if the affordable units will include one.

215 Freeman Street in 2014. Photo by Christopher Bride by PropertyShark

215 Freeman Street in 2014. Photo by Christopher Bride by PropertyShark

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

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