If you wonder about how intense the demand for affordable housing really is in Brooklyn, consider this: There were 87,754 applications for the 200 affordable apartments at 7 DeKalb Ave. That sky-high number comes courtesy of Aron Gooblar, vice president of Washington Square Partners, one of the firms that owns the newly constructed apartment tower at City Point, a mixed-use mega-development in Downtown Brooklyn. Eighty percent of the 250 apartments in this rental building are affordable units. The tower was constructed through the Mixed Income Program of the New York City Housing Development Corp. As the Brooklyn Eagle reported last year, the developers increased the number of affordable apartments at 7 DeKalb at the request of the de Blasio Administration. Tenants are being selected through a city-run lottery. Applicants whose names are chosen in the lottery and who seem qualified must undergo interviews. The application deadline for the 7 DeKalb apartments was this past September. The interview process started in December, Gooblar said. At this moment, tenants have been approved for nine affordable units. The building has affordable studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments.
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