Lottery Opens for Bushwick Church Site With Affordable Units Starting at $822 a Month

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for 20 units in a development that is part of the former St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church at 616 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick.

Monthly rent for affordable units at the Saint Marks Apartments is set at $822 per month for a studio, $899 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $1,071 per month for a two-bedroom. There is one studio and nine one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedroom units up for grabs.

To qualify for the studio, one person must make between $28,183 and $38,100 a year. Households of one to two people must have a yearly income between $30,823 and $$ 43,500 to qualify for a one-bedroom unit. Households of two to four people must have an income that falls between $36,720 and $54,360 to qualify for a two-bedroom apartment. The units are set at 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

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Apartments at 616 Bushwick Avenue will have great rooms with large windows and pale-wood-veneer kitchen cupboards, according to renderings for the market rate units on the complex’s website. The bathrooms will feature large stone tiles, and there will be hardwood floors throughout.

Common amenities in the complex include roof decks, laundry, parking for 12 cars and bike storage, according to DOB records. (Presumably parking costs extra.)

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The building is close to J and M trains at the Myrtle Avenue stop. The developer of the building is Cayuga Capital Management, and the applicant of record is Hustvedt Cutler Architects.

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The site in 2015. Photo by Cate Corcoran

Cayuga has numerous projects in Brooklyn and was the developer behind the interesting and award-winning rusted steel-clad grocery store at 22 Wyckoff Avenue.

St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School are Victorian Gothic with Moorish elements, designed by prolific Bushwick architect Theobald Engelhardt, and built in the 1890s. The developer removed the historic church spire to comply with zoning height rules and because it was unstable, Cayuga told Brownstoner in 2015.

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The church in 2015. Photo by Cate Corcoran

Years ago, tenement apartments over stores occupied the corner of the site where Bushwick intersects with Troutman opposite the gas station. Empty and boarded up for years, they were covered in graffiti, including wheat-paste art by Swoon depicting a child in its mother’s arms.

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The site in 2014. Photo by Rebecca Baird-Remba

The lottery opened today, Monday, April 10, and runs through May 1. For more information on the lottery and to apply, visit NYC Housing Connect. For tips on how to apply, read our Brownstoner guide.

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The site in 2012. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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