We broke the news last week that 2015 is going to be a banner year in “WTF, Brooklyn housing!?” with the sad reality that 60% of our hard-earned money goes straight to being able to keep a roof over our heads. So it’s always a breath of fresh air to see new, affordable housing — like this East New York building, the Gateway Elton II development, boasting $648/month for a two bedroom that Brick Underground noticed.
Not only will the subsidized apartments at 516 and 524 Vandalia Avenue run from $494/month for a studio to $1,317/month for a four bedroom with access to parking (which will be key, since unfortunately this new complex isn’t close to any subway lines), a bike room, free WiFi in the common areas, dishwashers, and a laundry room — but the building is also setting records for aspiring to be the greenest housing complex in the state with giant solar panels on the roof.
The quick and dirty is that there are only 175 units available, and that salary caps are put in place at 40, 50, and 60 percent of the area median income (so between $18,618 and $66,480 per year), so the usual caveats about everyone in the city applying for a place like this apply. The application process opens December 19, good luck!