A raffle has opened for 40 truly affordable apartments at 372 51st Street in Sunset Park, where the local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is being redeveloped. The one-storey building will be replaced by a new eight-storey building with 50 apartments and a library flat at the base with 20,000 square feet of space, almost twice the size of the old library.

Although the project encountered controversy during the public review process, it is government-funded and targeted at low- and extremely low-income residents with household incomes between 30 and 80 percent of the region’s median income. (Rent for eight of the homes is paid by Section 8.)

Available by lottery are homes aimed at households of one to seven people earning 40 to 80 percent of AMI, or $20,160 to $118,400 per year. The cheapest apartments are studios that rent for $524 per month. The most expensive are three bedrooms costing $2,096 per month.

Some three bedrooms go for as little as $929 a month. One- and two-bedroom apartments are also available, with rents ranging from $667 to $1,820 per month.


Floor plans for studios and one bedroom units. Image via NYC Housing Connect

Connect housing, the city’s website that takes home lottery applications, doesn’t show interiors, but floor plans indicate the units are typically efficient modern units with an open floor plan. One bedroom has three closets.

The units have hardwood floors and “high-end” appliances and finishes, according to the listing. The smoke-free building has a shared laundry room, outdoor space, solar panels on the roof, community center, accessible entrance, security cameras and an elevator.

Nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee is the developer and owner of the $37.4 million project. The architect is Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP); Mitchell Giurgola also worked on the library section.

Applications for the Affordable Housing Lottery must be submitted no later than April 12, 2021. Sign up via NYC Housing Connect.

outside of the library

The library in 2017. Photo by Susan De Vries

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