Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 28 Units in Flatbush, Starting at $2,000 a Month

The site in May 2019. Photo by Google Maps

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A so-called affordable housing lottery has opened for 28 units in a nine-story building under construction at 50-54 Clarkson Avenue in Flatbush.

Of the affordable apartments, there are a pair of studios, 17 one-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $2,000 and top out at $2,500.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $68,572 and $159,640 for households of one to five people.

The building will receive a property tax exemption through the controversial 421-a program. The program’s income levels of 130 percent, which mirror market rate rents and are affordable to middle-income but not low-income individuals and families, were set by the New York State legislature in 2017.

The building will have 93 apartments in total. Storage for 47 bicycles, parking for 47 cars, a laundry room, a gym and a lounge will all be in the cellar.

There used to be three standalone houses on the property, which were demolished in 2014.

Rendering by ND Architecture

The property was sold in 2013 to Joseph Hoffman of Bushberg Properties for $760,000. They turned around and sold it to 50 Clarkson Partners LLC for $13.55 million in 2017, along with approved new building permits.

Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture is behind the design. Based on the rendering, the building is split, with one side having a darker brick facade and the other a lighter brick facade. Large windows appear to accompany each of the units, although the balconies promised in the lottery listing are nowhere to be found in the rendering (although it seems to show a large terrace outside the bulkhead on the building’s roof).

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by June 29, 2020. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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