When YIMBY stopped by the Prospect Plaza affordable housing development in Ocean Hill earlier this summer, the first two buildings were inching toward completion on Prospect Place between Howard and Saratoga Avenues. Across the street, foundation work on Phase 2 had just begun. Now new building applications have been filed for the third and final piece of the project at 1845 Sterling Place, a large, vacant corner lot next to Eastern Parkway.
Plans call for a five-story, 123-unit building with a community center and retail. This property, known as the Saratoga Site, will also house a two-story 12,000-square-foot community center with a rooftop greenhouse and an environmental learning center.
The apartment building will have a 24,000-square-foot grocery store on the ground floor, followed by 34 to 35 apartments per floor until the fifth, which will have 17 units. Those 123 apartments will be divided across 117,177 square feet of residential space, yielding nicely sized, average units of 952 square feet. Renters will also be able to enjoy a roof deck and indoor recreation space on the second floor.
A parking garage with enough room for 33 cars will fill part of the first floor. That’s less parking than zoning would require, and the developer is likely getting a variance because the development is low-income, subsidized housing.
Blue Sea Development is building the complex on behalf of HPD and NYCHA, and Dattner Architects are responsible for the design. Ultimately, the development will include 364 apartments, 80 of which will be managed by NYCHA. The other 284 units will rent at below-market rates to families who make no more than 60% of the Area Median Income, or $49,800 for a family of four.