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.
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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.
Fifteen years ago, the city emptied out the block-long Prospect Plaza housing project in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, promising to redevelop and move the 1,500 former residents back in. Last year, NYCHA finally demolished the four dilapidated apartment towers and began construction on 364 units of affordable housing. YIMBY recently stopped by the site on Park and Prospect Places between Saratoga and Howard Avenues. Phase 1 of the development has taken shape on the north side of Prospect Place, and windows are already going in on both buildings.