When New York voted de Blasio mayor back in 2010, many were voting for him as a vessel of affordability. Now, with his first term nearly finished, it’s both difficult to argue he didn’t do his best to fulfill that campaign promise and difficult to argue he was at all successful. Instead of the anti-development agenda many seemed to have assumed he would take to bring affordability back to New York City, increasingly a playground for the rich, de Blasio instead put Bloomberg’s building-happy strategy on steroids so as to create subsidized units in new construction through a variety of variances and developer incentives. It’s not going too hot, and us local journalists have had our work cut out for us covering the deluge of affordable housing lotteries as they open.
The most recent affordable housing lottery to open to applications in Brooklyn is in Clinton Hill, at the freshly constructed 10 Lexington Ave. (It sounds like it should be on the Upper East Side but it’s NOT. Should you win a unit there, be sure to remind visitors you’re in Brooklyn, not the city.)
There are 17 units up for lottery at the development, which is on the site of a former factory, and boasts a gym, rooftop terrace, laundry room and lounge.
All of the 17 units are one-bedrooms renting for $1,015/month to one- to two-person households with a combined annual income of $34,800 to $45,840 a year, or 60 percent of the area median income.
Per usual, the building is smoke-free and there’s no broker’s fee to enter the lottery (don’t be fooled by scammers who say otherwise). A percentage of units will be set aside for mobility-, vision- or hearing- disabled applicants and preference for a significant portion of units will go to residents of the area’s Brooklyn Community Board 2 as well as Municipal employees.
The property is a short walk from the Classon Ave. G station and the Clinton – Washington A/C stop. Applications are being accepted today through October 30 at 11:59pm.
Care to tempt fate? Apply through NYC Housing Connect.
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