As the New York City Housing Authority struggles to develop its underutilized properties across the five boroughs, YIMBY revisited Prospect Plaza in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, where the city tore down an entire public housing project two years ago. Now, construction is wrapping up on the second phase of affordable rental buildings that replaced the 12- and 15-story towers.
We last checked in at the site on Prospect Place between Howard and Saratoga avenues in July, when the first phase of the development was getting windows and facade panelling on the south side of the street. The buildings now look like they’ll be ready for residents soon. The four-story walk-ups and five-and-a-half-story elevator building will hold 148 apartments, according to the master plan designed by Dattner Architects.
Much of Phase 2 has also taken shape on the north side of Prospect Place. Walls are rising quickly for the largest building, which is a six-story brick structure at the corner of Howard Avenue. In the middle of the block, townhouse-style walkups and another sizable five-story building are getting their interiors. Ultimately, they’ll hold 111 units.
The final piece of the project will come to a mostly vacant, block-long site bookended by Park Place, Sterling Place, and Howard and Saratoga avenues. A five story, 123-unit building with an interior courtyard and a supermarket will fill the eastern end. And Studio Gang Architects is designing a new three-story firehouse for the western side of the lot. A community center – currently sandwiched between two trash-strewn lots – will be redeveloped, and the complex will include a rooftop greenhouse.
The finished project will have 80 public housing units and 284 units for families who earn up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income, or $49,800 for a family of four.
Blue Sea Development is building the development on behalf of NYCHA and HPD. Construction on Phase 1 is supposed to wrap by the end of the summer, and phase 2 is expected to finish by December 2016.
Update: You can apply for the latest affordable housing lottery to Prospect Plaza through June 15th. Head over to HPD’s Housing Connect to see the requirements and put in an application.