Sunset Park senior rental launches lottery for 57 affordable apartments

January 26, 2023

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

A housing lottery launched this week for 57 affordable apartments at a new senior housing project in Sunset Park. Located at 6309 4th Avenue on the site of the former Zion Lutheran Church, the Sunset Ridge Senior Apartments comprises a new nine-story building and two existing adjacent townhomes. Applicants must have at least one household member who is 62 years of age or older, qualify for Section 8 benefits, and earn no more than $60,500 as a family of three. Eligible New Yorkers will pay 30 percent of their income for the available studio and one-bedroom apartments.

The housing development sits on the site of the former Zion Lutheran Church, which was built in the early 20th century in the neo-Italian Renaissance style and served a Norweigan population that immigrated to the area in the 1880s and 1890s.

Following a period of decline in the neighborhood in the aftermath of the Depression and World War II, the church had only 30 congregants remaining by 1995, according to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The last service was held in 2014 and soon after the church shuttered, a request for proposals was issued for the sale and redevelopment of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Developed by Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) and designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), the Sunset Ridge Senior Apartments is home to a total of 84 residences for low-income seniors. There are 76 senior units in the nine-story building and eight additional apartments in the two townhomes, which are being adaptively reused. Nine apartments are for those with physical disabilities, five with sensory disabilities, and 25 for formerly homeless New Yorkers.

The project, which will be all-electric and have rooftop solar panels, includes five universal Pre-K classrooms, planted roof terraces, a second-floor outdoor area, and a seventh-floor space for gardening.

FAC and MAP also teamed up for another affordable project in the neighborhood, a rental that sits above a new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The eight-story building includes a new library that is twice the size of the former Sunset Park branch and 49 affordable apartments above it.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until March 17, 2023. 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.


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