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No Williamsburg warehouse, this.

Applications are now available for “artist housing” at the Loree Grand—30 new units in NoMa’s first residential project, priced to be affordable for folks earning up to 80 percent of area median income. Prices run from $1,129 for a one-bedroom to $1,657 for a two-bedroom, and Housing Complex is confident that the first-come-first-serve units will be snapped up soon after the Cultural Development Corporation starts accepting applications at 8 a.m. on May 17th.

Something tells us, though, that these also won’t be the types who scrimp on food to buy paint—a quick search on Craigslist or even the city’s housing site turns up dozens of places to live at half the rents they’re asking. There’s a lot to be said for concentrating creative folks in one place, but this is no experimental artists commune (those don’t typically have concierges and rooftop zen gardens, either). NoMa is building a community of people who will “strengthen the neighborhood economy,” after all.