Brooklyn, NY - NYC Housing Lottery Opens For Affordable Apartments In Williamsburg

Published on: November 28th, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Brooklyn, NY - The phrase “Home Sweet Home” will take on new meaning for over 100 prospective tenants who will be lucky enough to score an apartment at the site of the former Domino Sugar Factory through an affordable housing lottery being conducted through New York City’s Housing Connect program.

The lottery begins today for 104 apartments at 325 Kent Avenue, the first of five buildings planned for the waterfront Williamsburg property.

Apartments will be available to qualified applicants who meet income and household size requirements although those who are chosen by the lottery will still be subject to unspecified “additional selection criteria.”

Despite the building’s location in the heart of Williamsburg’s Jewish community, Yiddish language applications and information are not being provided although that same information is available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean and Russian.

40 of the apartments will be single occupant studio apartments with monthly rentals of $596 or $754, with 49 one bedroom apartments for one or two residents priced at $640 or $810 per month.

Just 15 two bedroom units for households of two to four people are including in the housing lottery, with two priced at $775 per month and the remaining 13, with monthly rentals of $979, available to those with an annual household income ranging between $34,972 to $54,360.

All rentals include gas, heat and hot water.

Preference for the apartments will be given to New York City residents, with half of the apartments in the lottery allocated for residents of Community Board 1 which covers Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

A small percentage of the apartments will be reserved for applicants who have mobility, vision or hearing disabilities.

The 16 story structure, with sweeping views of the East River and the Williamsburg Bridge, will have a lobby with a 24 hour attendant.

Curbed NY reported that the building, shaped like a squared off donut, will feature 500 apartments, with five levels of parking, bicycle storage and fitness and recreation facilities available for an additional fee. Construction at 325 Kent Avenue is expected to be completed sometime in 2017.

Developer Two Trees plans to construct a total of 2,800 apartments on the 11 acre site which will also include office, community and retail space.

As previously reported on VIN News (, 700 apartments within the development are expected to be designated as low to moderate income housing.

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