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Lottery Open for Fort Greene Building With Microunits Starting at $886

By Rachel Holliday Smith | June 13, 2017 2:40pm | Updated on June 15, 2017 4:17pm
 A new luxury building to open in Fort Greene this fall has 49 middle-income affordable units.
A new luxury building to open in Fort Greene this fall has 49 middle-income affordable units.
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FORT GREENE — A new building with a mix of microunits and standard-size apartments has opened its lottery for 49 affordable units, starting at $886 a month for one of the mini-apartments.

The luxury building Caesura at 280 Ashland Place at the corner of Lafayette Avenue has a total of 49 middle-income affordable apartments up for grabs, including 14 microunits, according to a city housing lottery listing.

New Yorkers have until Aug. 11 to apply to the building. The apartments are restricted to households making between $32,709 and $157,410 depending on the size of the apartment and the family.

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The affordable microunits' rents range from $886 to $1,482 depending on income and come with hardwood floors, keyless entry and quartz countertops, according to the building’s website.

Studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms are priced between $1,078 and $2,715 depending on income, the listing says. Preference for half of the 49 units in the building will be given to residents of Brooklyn Community Board 2, which covers Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, DUMBO and the Brooklyn Navy Yard area.

The Caesura building is located across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and is one of several large apartment buildings opening or being built in the Fort Greene cultural district, including the Ashland at 250 Ashland Place and BAM South at 300 Ashland Place. Around the corner, a massive 74-story residential tower is being planned at 80 Flatbush Ave.

In 2014 the project was proposed to help create the Brooklyn Cultural District and change the character of the neighborhood.

Applications opened Tuesday for the units at Caesura. Applicants can apply online or by mail through the city’s Housing Connect system.

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CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, the affordable microunits were described as being furnished; however, only market-rate microunits in the building will be furnished.