Greenpoint Landing Associates Announces Housing Lottery For 100 Percent Affordable Residential Tower 35 Commercial Street

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Greenpoint Landing Associates announced today the launch of an affordable housing lottery for 35 Commercial Street. This new 374-unit apartment building is located in the Greenpoint Landing master-development along the waterfront, which spans 22 acres.

Greenpoint Landing Associates will close on construction financing with New York City Housing Preservation & Development Corporation (HPD), New York City Housing Development Corporation(HDC) and Wells Fargo Community Development Corporation in June 2021.

This is an excellent example of a partnership between the public and private sectors to deliver high-quality, affordable housing in Greenpoint,” said Anne Carson Blair , spokesperson for Greenpoint Landing Associates . These permanently affordable homes offer an array of unmatched amenities, stunning architecture, and access to highly sought-after waterfront open spaces, raising the bar in affordable housing development for New York City.

The 22-story residential tower, designed by Handel Architects, is the seventh project of the renowned architectural firm within Greenpoint Landing. It spans 344,463 square foot including 7,600 sq. ft. of retail space. The project design is influenced by the industrial heritage of the area. It’s bound by Bell Slip on the west, Commercial Street on the south, and the future Box Street Park in the north. The project’s design is influenced by the industrial tradition of the neighborhood. It features a dramatic brick arch threshold entryway on Commercial Street that leads to one three private landscaped backyards designed for residents by Greenpoint landscape design/build company, Alive Structures.

Apartments are equipped with electric appliances. Units can have larger windows thanks to the use of VRF technology, instead of packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC). Other amenities include close 11,000 square foot of outdoor space, an outdoor and indoor children’s playground, a fitness center, a communal lounge, free WiFi for residents, and bicycle parking.

Gary Handel is the founder and managing director of Handel Architects. He said, “We wanted to make sure that the residents’ experience was paramount when designing 35 Commercial.” The building’s brick volume and intricate facades are a reference to the industrial past of Greenpoint. The arched entrance leads to a landscaped court and then to the lobby, which is part of the portal. The sinuous ceiling was designed to relate to the curving waterfront near. “Hundreds of high-quality apartments will enjoy views of the city from their upper floors.”

The ELLA program will target all 374 homes within 35 Commercial Street. New Yorkers who earn between 30% and 110% of area median income can apply for the units. Studio rents start at just under $400 per month for those earning 30% of the AMI. Breaking Ground will also service 57 units for former homeless applicants. Breaking Ground has partnered with Greenpoint Landing Associates to complete this project.

Renters who are interested in renting the “H1H2 apartments” at 35 Commercial Street must meet certain income and household requirements. Applications must be submitted by postmark or online before July 31, 2023.

The lottery is available now on NYC Housing Connect. Those who qualify can visit to apply through the online portal or to get information about how to apply via mail.

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