LONG ISLAND CITY — Nearly 93,000 applicants entered the affordable housing lottery for the first phase of Hunters Point South, vying for one of 924 units in the Queens waterfront development, which is set to open to tenants this spring.
The lottery for the two buildings, being built at 1-50 50th Ave. and 1-55 Borden Ave., opened in October and ended Dec. 15. The Department of Housing, Preservation and Development received 90,000 online applications through NYC Housing Connect and 2,700 paper applications, the agency said.
Apartments at the two properties will be permanently affordable and made up of studios, one, two and three-bedroom homes, with 738 units for moderate-income New Yorkers and 186 for low-income households.
Rents for the moderate-income units will begin at $1,561 for a studio for one person, while the same apartment for the low-income units will start at $494 a month.
The 37- and 32-story buildings will include amenities like outdoor roof decks with gardens and barbeque bits, a fitness center, children's playroom, pet amenity space and other perks, developer Related Companies previously told DNAinfo New York.
The waterfront properties were also built with design features to help protect it against future weather events like Hurricane Sandy, including placement of the buildings' mechanical systems on the second floor or higher and emergency generators on the roof, according to HPD.
Applications are currently under review, and eligible applicants can expect to hear back starting in mid-February, HPD said.