Low-income senior housing lottery opens for 83 units at Perkins Eastman-designed building in Mott Haven

June 20, 2019

Rendering of Mill Brook Terrace courtesy of NYCHA

As 6sqft recently reported, “More than 17 percent of New Yorkers are over the age of 60.” Recognizing the need to provide adequate affordable housing for this population, last year, the city committed $500 million to build 1,000 new apartments for low-income seniors. Though the plan has moved slower than hoped, there are new opportunities taking shape, such as this lottery for 83 low-income apartments in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The one-bedroom units are available to one- or two-person households in which at least one member is 62 years of age or older, who qualify for NYCHA’s Section 8 program, and who earn between $0 and $42,700 annually. Those who are eligible will pay 30 percent of their income to live in the building at 570 East 137th Street, a new project from Perkins Eastman.

Known as Mill Brook Terrace, the project was part of NYCHA’s NextGen initiative–the controversial policy where the agency partners with private companies to develop housing on open space in existing public housing projects. Along with the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, the projects are being leased by NYCHA for 60 years, ensuring their affordability for at least that long. As 6sqft previously reported, “with these three developments, NYCHA hopes to create 489 below-market-rate apartments for New Yorkers earning between 20 and 60 percent of the area median income.”

NYCHA worked with the West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing to develop Mill Brook Terrace. They tapped Perkins Eastman to design the nine-story, 169-unit building, which includes a second-floor terrace and an outdoor garden. On the ground floor, there is a 9,000-square-foot senior center that has a commercial kitchen, social service classrooms, and hair and bathing services. Other amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, laundry on each floor, and built-in air conditioners in each apartment.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable apartments at Mill Brook Terrace until August 20, 2019. Complete details on how to apply are available here (pdf). Residents of the Bronx and eligible, existing NYCHA residents will receive preference for 50 percent of the units. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.


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