More than 300 people have applied for 94 apartments in the nearly completed Twin Oaks, a multifamily community in Hempstead.

Community Development Corporation of Long Island and Conifer Realty had a housing lottery Thursday at Hempstead Public Library to choose income-eligible tenants to live at Twin Oaks, which is slated for completion and occupancy Sept. 30.

Applicants were ranked in numerical order Thursday. Those selected will be told this month, said Marianne Garvin, president and chief executive of community development of Long Island.

"This was a $30-million project," Garvin said of Twin Oaks, which is located on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. The two 40-year-old buildings used to be Hofstra dormitories and extensive rehabilitation was under way. "A lot of local people are working there," Garvin said. "Construction jobs were created."

Twin Oaks will have 58 one-bedroom and 36 two-bedroom rental apartments, Garvin said. It will be energy-efficient, and have a computer lab, secure entry, a community room, an on-site laundry facility and an exercise room, she said.

Garvin said Twin Oaks will not be age-restricted, which is unusual for a community that is receiving state and county funding.

"We encouraged a lot of local youth to apply," she said. "The rents are affordable, a little below market, and there's one-bedroom units, so some young people will be living there."

Hempstead village Mayor Wayne Hall was instrumental in bringing the project to life, said Garvin.

At the drawing, Hall said he hoped the new housing would help make Hempstead one of the premiere places to live on Long Island. "We're trying to bring back the glory days of Hempstead," he said.

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