Lottery opens for scores of affordable housing units in the heart of downtown Flushing

One Flushing
Photo courtesy of Monadnock Development

A total of 231 affordable housing units are now up for grabs in downtown Flushing, developers announced on Thursday.

The lottery for units at One Flushing, the largest 100-percent affordable housing development built in the neighborhood in decades, opened on June 28. The development at 133-45 41st Ave. will offer “multi-generational” housing to low- and middle-income families and seniors.

The project is a collaboration between Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), HANAC and Monadnock Development. One Flushing opens in January 2019.

The units range from studios to three-bedroom apartments and are available to households earning between $20,675 and $157,300. Interested individuals can visit the NYC Housing Connect website or write to request a paper application at the following address: One Flushing Owner LLC, PO BOX 705, Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002.

Online and paper applications are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian and Spanish. The deadline to apply is Aug. 28.

In addition to the residential units, the development will also contain a 156-car public parking garage, 15,000 square feet of community space and 25,000 square feet of retail space for local businesses and entrepreneurs. It will also feature a children’s play room, gym, rooftop terrace and farm.

Councilman Peter Koo, who represents the area in City Hall, said the development fits the character of the surrounding community and “serves as a model for future development.”

“At long last, our community has the opportunity to apply for a 100-percent affordable housing development right in the heart of downtown Flushing,” Koo said. “Thank you to HPD, AAFE, HANAC and Monadnock Development for making this project possible.”

The One Flushing development, built on a former city-owned public parking lot, was met with some resistance when it was first presented. Community Board 7 gave the project a thumbs down in 2016, citing concerns about overcrowding while acknowledging a local need for affordable housing.