The new $9.3 million apartment complex is designed to dispel the stigma of poverty associated with affordable housing. The new three- story building is home to 23 units.
Emilio Dorcely, acting president and CEO of Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), said there are amenities at Noel Pointer not typically associated with affordable housing.
The units themselves have bamboo flooring and various energy efficient elements, such as Energy Star appliances and low-flow plumbing.
The complex also boasts a backyard with a gazebo and outdoor seating, as well as a green roof to boost the environmental sustainability of the facility.
Residents, who moved in earlier this month, were chosen through an open lottery process eligible to applicants throughout the city.
There are six one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom rental units. Fourteen of the units are reserved for families earning no more than 50 percent of area median income (AMI), or $40,900 for a family of four. The remaining nine apartments are reserved for families earning no more than 60 percent AMI, or $49,080.
The complex is named after a jazz violinist involved in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. After his death, his family took up the cause, creating both the Noel Pointer Foundation and the Noel Pointer School of Music.
“I am every happy that Bridge Street Development Corporation has decided to name their newest project in honor of my husband,” said Chinita Pointer. “Noel was the son of Bedford-Stuyvesant and he would be so proud to know that his name lives on.”