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Land a Subsidized Apartment in Historic Bushwick Church Conversion

By Gwynne Hogan | April 12, 2017 2:04pm | Updated on April 12, 2017 2:06pm
 The city's housing lottery is now open for 20 apartments at 616 Bushwick Avenue. 
The city's housing lottery is now open for 20 apartments at 616 Bushwick Avenue. 
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Courtesy of Nooklyn

BUSHWICK — From Lutheran Church, to DIY venue and indy movie set to a gut-renovated apartment building, the housing lottery for subsided apartments at St Marks Church on Bushwick Avenue is now open.

Twenty of the 99 apartments at the St Mark's complex at 616 Bushwick Ave. are open for New Yorkers who apply through the city's housing lottery and earn between $28,183 and $54,360 annually for families with between one and four people.

The subsidized apartments are spread out between the three buildings, the renovated church, the old school building and a new building on site, said Nooklyn broker Leo Heinert.

"One of the best units in the building" — a two-bedroom duplex with high ceilings and original tile work — is open to subsided tenants through the lottery, Heinert said.

All tenants will have access to laundry rooms and a rooftop deck, Heinert said.

Subsidized apartments rent out at $822, $899 and $1,071 a month for studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, respectively, according to HPD.

Applications to live in the building are due by June 9. 

Market rate apartments in the building will start at $2,500 for studios and range up to $6,000 for two-bedrooms, with higher prices in the historic church, Heinert said.

The elegant red-brick church was built in late 1800's and served Bushwick's German population as an Evangelical Lutheran for more than a century.

The congregation disbanded several years ago and developers at Cayuga Capital bought the property in 2012 for $4.1 million, property records show.

Before the gut renovation took place, artists and filmmakers used it as a DIY venue and film set, renting it from Cayuga.