Essex Crossing lottery for affordable senior housing

BY GABE HERMAN | The city opened its affordable housing lottery on June 19 for apartments at 140 Essex St., a building that is part of the Essex Crossing development and that will be exclusively for low-income seniors.

The Lower East Side building will be on Essex St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts. Scheduled to open in 2020, it will have 92 total units.

A rendering of 140 Essex Street. (Courtesy Beyer Blinder Belle)

Eighty-four of the units will be studio apartments available through the lottery, starting at $331 per month. The other eight units will be earmarked for formerly homeless seniors.

The studio units are open to senior households making between zero and 60 percent of area median income, or individuals earning up to $40,000 per year.

There will be a 50 percent preference for residents within Manhattan’s Community Board 3. In turn, half of those units will be prioritized for former residents of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area a.k.a. SPURA.

People can apply online at nyc.gov/housingconnect, where more information can be found on the available apartments and income requirements.

An application can also be requested by mail, by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Essex Crossing Site 8/Triborough Finance New Station, P.O. Box 2011, NY, NY, 10035-9997. Applications should either be submitted online or postmarked no later than Aug. 20.

“It’s incredibly meaningful that the first building to open as part of Essex Crossing’s second phase will provide housing exclusively for low-income seniors — an increasingly critical resource on the Lower East Side,” said Don Capoccia, principal at BFC Partners, which is a developer of Essex Crossing. “We’re proud to work with the city to make affordable senior housing services a top priority at Essex Crossing.”

Residents of 140 Essex will all have access to a senior center a few blocks away at 175 Delancey St., which opened last year at Essex Crossing’s Frances Goldin Senior Apartments. The ground floor of 140 Essex will also have 9,600 square feet of retail space when it opens.

There will be an information session about the available units at 140 Essex St. hosted by Delancey Street Associates, another developer of Essex Crossing, on Wed., June 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 175 Delancey St., in Grand Street Settlement’s community room.

2 Responses to Essex Crossing lottery for affordable senior housing

  1. This senior housing opportunity at lower east side is an encouraging demonstration of NYC government special attention to our city seniors in cooperation with the developer! I hope there will be more come to show that
    the Big Apple has greater concern for our city seniors than many other cities.

    As a senior of 85 I shall also submit my application for the lottery! May God bless! B.Zhu

  2. Lora Tenenbaum

    There could have been more affordable units available to CB3 seniors, if Margaret Chin had not unilaterally helped the developers keep market rate apartments by moving some of the affordable housing obligations of Essex Crossing to Elizabeth Street Garden in CB2. She offered up the Garden, despite the fact that residents in CB2 overwhelmingly want to keep the Garden intact and use a more appropriate site for affordable housing. She got CB3’s okay to do this and did not even ask CB2. This is not representative government and all her constituents, other than the developers, lost out.

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