Apply Now to Live in Chelsea's Brand-New Affordable Apartments

By Mathew Katz on September 9, 2013 1:56pm 

 The building at 525 W. 28th St. will have 142 affordable apartments.
The building at 525 W. 28th St. will have 142 affordable apartments.
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CHELSEA — Two new affordable housing complexes will let regular folks live among the expensive condos of Chelsea — and deadlines are coming up soon to apply for the spots.

The new rental developments are meant to bring some affordability to the booming neighborhood, where non-doorman one-bedrooms go for about $3,330 a month, according to a report by MNS Real Estate. Both of the coveted buildings have plenty of amenities — and are just steps from the High Line.

Potential tenants have until Sept. 30 to apply for a spot at 500 W. 30th St., a 78-unit building by Related Affordable Housing. Apartments in the entirely below-market-rate building will range from $525 a month for a studio to $873 a month for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit.

Qualifications for the apartments vary based on income and family size, with annual income limits ranging from $19,920 for a single-person studio to $42,950 for a four-person family in a two-bedroom.

The building will open on March 1, 2014 with amenities including a terrace, fitness center, doorman and party room.

A little farther south, another development at 525 W. 28th St. is also taking applications to fill its 142 affordable apartments, which will range from $520 a month for a studio to $1,049 a month for a two-bedroom.

The building has a bit more leeway with income requirements, with some studios going to people with annual incomes of $19,749 to $24,080 and others going to people making between $30,960 and $36,120.

Large two-bedrooms will go to families of four that make a total income of between $38,023 and $51,540.

Applications for the apartments are due Oct. 10.

The apartments in both buildings will be awarded by lottery, with people already living in Manhattan Community District 4 — which covers Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen — receiving half of the available spots.

To apply for either complex, you can submit an application online through the NYC Housing Connect website. 

Interested tenants can also request a paper application for the West 28th Street complex by mailing a postcard to 303 Park Ave. S., PMB 1122, New York, NY, 10010. For the West 30th Street building, you can request a paper application by sending your name and address to RW30, 328 8th Ave., Box 240, New York, NY, 10001.

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