Enter New ‘Burg Building’s Affordable Housing Lottery for Units Starting at $722 a Month

Rendering by Meshberg Group


Williamsburg’s latest affordable development, The Brooklyn Grand at 774 Grand Street, has just opened a lottery for 13 newly constructed, below-market-rate apartments renting for as little as $722 a month.

The available units consist of three studios, three one-bedrooms, and seven two-bedrooms. The studios will rent for $722 a month to single-person households with an annual income of $26,092 to $38,100 a year, the one-bedrooms will rent for $741 a month to one- to two-person households making between $26,778 to $43,500 a year, and the two-bedrooms will rent for $900 a month to two- to four-person households with an annual income between $32,263 and $54,360.

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Rent rates and eligibility guidelines for the apartments. Graph by NYC Housing Connect

The building, which is smoke-free, includes a roof terrace, video intercom, fitness center and, for an additional fee, bike storage and parking.

Previously, The Brooklyn Grand’s lot was home to the decades-old one-story Liberty Department Stores building. Construction of The Brooklyn Grand began in the fall of 2014.

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The building under construction in 2014. Photo by Jim Rendon

Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development purchased the property for $14.2 million in 2013. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although prolific Brooklyn architect — especially in Williamsburg — Gene Kaufman is the applicant of record on building permits.

The eight-story building will contain a mix of retail and residential, with a total of 64 apartments. The Meshberg Group is designing the structure to resemble a 19th-century department store, with tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top.

The building is a block away from the Grand Street L station.

Applications must be submitted by August 17.

The lottery will set aside a percentage of units for mobility-, vision- or hearing-disabled applicants, and give preference to residents of Community Board 1 and municipal employees.

For more information and details on how to apply, see the development’s profile [PDF] at NYC Housing Connect and Brownstoner’s comprehensive guide to applying for affordable housing.

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