Affordable housing lottery opens at Harlem Passive House with tech space, from $362/month

August 5, 2021

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

An affordable housing lottery for those earning 30, 60, or 100 percent of the area median income has launched at the new Harlem rental Balton Commons. Located at 267 West 126th Street, the energy-efficient building meets Passive House standards and will feature tech incubator space managed by Silicon Harlem, community facility space, and ground-floor retail. The 32 available units range from $362/month studios to $2,398/three-bedrooms.

The building rose on the site of the former Mandela community garden on West 126th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Being just off 125th Street, it’s right near the A, C, B, and D trains, the Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and lots of shopping, including Whole Foods.

The seven-story project comes from Lemor Development Group and cost close to $20 million. It was designed by the affordable housing gurus at Aufgang Architects. The homes come equipped with air conditioning, dishwashers, and high-end countertops and finishes. Amenities include bike storage lockers, a shared laundry room, and a roof terrace and additional outdoor terrace.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until October 1, 2021. Fifty percent of units are set aside for residents of Manhattan Community Board 9. According to the posting, “Eligible applicants who qualify for the 4 (PBV) Section 8 units will pay 30% of their household income in rent.” Complete details on how to apply are available here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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    I need one bedroom apt my voucher from section 8 is expired soon please I need to find a apt soon,,, before my voucher expires