Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Deeply Affordable Senior Apartments in Bushwick

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An affordable housing lottery has launched for 80 truly affordable apartments for seniors in an under-construction modular development at 223 Linden Street, the site of a former parking lot in Bushwick’s Hope Gardens complex.

Available at the 13-story Linden Grove Senior Residences are 57 studio apartments and 23 one-bedrooms. They are aimed at households of one to three people earning from $0 to 50 percent of the Area Median Income. Caps are $49,450 for one person, $56,500 for two, and $63,550 for a family of three.

Applicants must also meet certain asset limits, and households must have at least one resident 62 or older.

interior rendering linden grove

interior rendering linden grove

Although the apartments are listed as rent free on the NYC Housing Connect website, the site says households applying for the lottery must be eligible for Section 8 and pay 30 percent of their household income in rent.

Tenants will also need to pay for electricity, such as for air conditioning and the stove.

The new development will have a total of 353 units, according to Department of Building permits. Amenities include shared laundry, gym, outdoor recreation and fitness areas, rooftop sitting area, community gardens with raised beds, a rooftop seating area, security guard, and solar panels, according to the listing. There will also be community events and classes. The building is pet friendly and smoke free.

When Brownstoner stopped by the development in August, it had almost topped out and its prefabricated stacked modules were exposed. Renderings show the 206 modules will be covered by a traditional red brick and tan stone facade with arched windows.

interior rendering linden grove

rendering of a studio apartment with a ceiling fan and recessed lights

Gilbane is developing Linden Grove in partnership with Blue Sea Development Company, and Promethean Builders and Metropolitan Walters are constructing it. According to Promethean Builders’ website, the building has been designed to meet Passive House standards, as well as having a number of other green certifications.

Architect Chris Benedict, who specializes in sustainable structures, designed the building, as well as two other Passive House affordable buildings in Bushwick, at 424 Melrose Street and 802 Knickerbocker.

Senior housing and services provider JASA will manage the property and provide supportive services focused on health and wellness and that promote healthy aging in place, according to the project website.

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Linden Grove at 12 stories in August. Photo by Anna Bradley-Smith

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The site in November 2019. Photo via Google Maps

The Linden Street site between Wilson and Knickerbocker avenues was formerly a parking lot for one of the Hope Gardens public housing complex properties. Built in the 1980s, Hope Gardens was a collaboration between local residents, St. Barbara’s Church, nonprofit NYC Housing Partnership, and the city after the devastating fires and destruction of the 1970s. A 1993 New York Times article called it “one of the least heralded and most successful urban reclamation projects in New York City”.

City records show NYCHA entered a ground lease with JASA in 2022 for the site, and the agency will continue to own it. The project is being funded through the city’s Housing Preservation and Development SARA program and Housing Development Corporation’s ELLA program for senior and extremely low-income housing.

The lottery for the apartments closes February 9. To apply, visit the listing on Housing Connect.

[Images via Gilbane unless noted otherwise]

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