Prospect Plaza Affordable Housing Rises in Ocean Hill

prospect plaza construction 62015 1The Prospect Plaza affordable housing development designed by Dattner Architects in Ocean Hill. NYCHA tore down four 12- to 15-story housing projects to make way for this development last year.

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.

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Another look at the first building at 1765 Prospect Place

YIMBY recently stopped by the site, located on Prospect Place 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. They’ll consist of four-story, townhouse-style walkups and a five-and-a-half story elevator building with 148 apartments, according to the master plan by Dattner Architects.

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The second building at 1765 Prospect Place

The next phase will bring 111 units spread between townhouse-style walk-ups and taller elevator buildings to the south side of Prospect Place. A look behind the fence there reveals that foundation work has begun on two more buildings.

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Foundation work at 1760 Prospect Place, aka Phase 2

The final piece will be a four-and-a-half story, 105-unit development that wraps around a central courtyard, situated on a large property bounded by Park Place, Sterling Place, Howard and Saratoga Avenues. This part of the project, the Saratoga Site, will also include a 22,000-square-foot supermarket, 12,000 square feet for a community facility, and a rooftop greenhouse.

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Construction rendering for phase 2, posted at 1760 Prospect Place

NYCHA will manage 80 apartments, and the remaining 284 units will be set aside for families making no more than 60% of the Area Median Income, or $49,800 for a family of four.

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Prospect Plaza — image by Dattner Architects

Construction signage says that the first two buildings are expected to finish by July 2016, and phase 2 is supposed to wrap in December 2016. Blue Sea Development is building the project on behalf of NYCHA and HPD.

Dattner’s design is quite handsome, offering a major upgrade compared to the previous ’70s era housing projects and many of the nearby new construction Fedders buildings. The city could easily have gotten a variance to build taller, but it chose to stick with the site’s fairly low density and only build up to about six stories.

While the project might benefit from more height and additional units (either market rate or affordable), city agencies and the architects who crafted the site plan probably wanted to avoid replicating the now-demolished 12- and 15-story housing blocks, which ultimately came to symbolize blight and NYCHA’s shocking mismanagement.

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Prospect Plaza site overview — image by Dattner Architects

Prospect Plaza

Prospect Plaza — image by Dattner Architects

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38 Comments on "Prospect Plaza Affordable Housing Rises in Ocean Hill"

  1. Barbara McCord | September 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm |

    i am interesting in an apartment in your building i have City program Fephs pays $900 Month and i also work for me 516-514-5329

  2. The projects of past time never really fit well in the community. Hopefully they will build businesses on the first floor.

  3. alexander pabon | December 11, 2015 at 11:35 am |

    good day i was live ing in 1765 prospect plaza can i move back can i apply for application contac me by mail at 1933 union 4h brooklyn new york 11233

  4. I am currently interested in a application for your apartment’s on prospect pl between Howard and Saratoga ave , can you please send me information on it.

  5. kizshamaya gables | January 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm |

    HI I’m interested in occupieing a two bedroom apartment in your development how do I go about getting an application to start the process can someone please contact me at 646 600 2945 at your earliest convenience thank u in advance look forward to hearing from you

  6. Princess Carty | January 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm |

    Looking for a 2 bedroom apt.

  7. Darrin Arrington | February 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm |

    Hello, I am interested in a application for a one bedroom apartment in your development on prospect plaza between Howard and Saratogo avenue. Can you please send me information . Thank you and have a bless day.

  8. Tyiesha Thomas | February 6, 2016 at 5:13 am |

    Hi! I’m looking a two bedroom apartment to live in. Please send me more information about it.

  9. Nadine Nelson | February 15, 2016 at 7:17 am |

    I lived at 430 Saratoga Avenue. I would like an application for Prospect Avenue, Saratoga & Howard. I am also wheelchair bound and would need wheelchair accessible access.

  10. Talice Scott | April 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm |

    I looking to apply for a 3 bedroom apartment how can I apply.

  11. Tatiyana Howerton | April 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm |

    Hello, I currently living in Brooklyn and I’m struggling with the current market rent , I’m very glad to see pennrose build nice affordable housing . I’m very interested in you current phase and the final phase, can please tell me how to apply or get more information on your property please.

  12. Need information to apply

  13. Nissa pettigrew | May 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm |

    Hi I’m looking for a 4 bedroom apartment please email me

  14. scott zweifach | May 17, 2016 at 7:25 am |

    Hi, iam interested in the apartments called Prospect plaza at Ocean Hill II. Please
    send me 2 one bedroom applications thru the postal mail

  15. Jennie Pizarro | June 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm |

    I use to live in prospect plaza and I want come back Can you send me an application. 1 Bedroom thur the postal mail or my E-mail Thanks

  16. I use to live in prospect plaza and I want come back Can you send me an application. 1 Bedroom thur the postal mail or my E-mail Thanks

  17. i am in need of a devellpment that accepts the handicapped need 2 bedroom.

  18. I visited a friend who live there and I’m really interested to apply for it please can you send me an application.
    Thank you!

  19. Dariel Cameron | August 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm |

    Hi I am interested in a 1 bedroom apartment please contact me.

  20. I’m looking for a three bed room

  21. Qiana Menzies | August 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm |

    Hello I am intrested in this area to live I would like more information on how can I apply thank you

  22. I currently live in a studio apt.with my wife and 2 daughters..iam in dire need of a 3 bedroom apt.

  23. sharon. walker | August 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm |

    My name is sharon walker and me and my sister would like to apply for a two bedroom apartment at your site. Prospect Plaza at ocean hill. We both get ssi because we are disabled. It would be great to live at your development. Thank you

  24. Hello my name is jason i am interested in your development currently have 2bdrm section 8 voucher and working.. My mother receives ssi for her disability..

  25. Hi i use to stay in 1786 for 25 years and I’m hoping yall can send me a application i need to move out from where im at my landlord is sold hos building Thank you

  26. Hi my name is Zina Battle and i once stayed in 1786 for 25 years and I’m looking for a 2 bed room apt i have no program i work and would like to see if I can move in yall development

  27. Donna Williams | September 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm |

    Hello my name is Donna Williams I am interested in obtaining a application for a one bedroom apartment in the Prospect Plaza apartments in brownsville

  28. Deanne France quamina | September 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm |

    I will like to sine up for low income housing

  29. Deanne France quamina | September 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm |

    Hell my name is Deanne France quamina l am interested in obtaining a application for a three bedroom apartment in the prospect plaza apartment in Brownsville thanks you sorry I make a mistake on the first application this the right one

  30. Deanne France quamina | September 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm |

    My name is Deanne France quamina I work at my job for ten years am just looking for a nice apartment so I could come home and relax in I live in a private house my landlords don’t like to fix nothing

  31. My name is agnes foster live in private house with friends always in my business work at my job for 16yrs I pay $900 rent a month single I have one son but he have his own apartment

  32. Hi my name is Samantha Wynn, I currently live in the basement with my son. Im looking for apartment for us because he’s needs his own space. Im willing to pay reasonable prices.

  33. Hi, I am currently living in a family shelter with my partner an our children. We are very much interested in the new buildings you have built and would like to apply to one of them. However there is no information on your site saying how you can apply. May you please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  34. I am interested in renting a unit in this building please send me the information needed to apply for an apartment. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  35. Allison Mitchell | November 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm |

    Please send me info on how to apply for the units 60% of the Area Median Income.
    Thank you

  36. Albert leslie | December 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm |

    Good evening I have been looking for an afforadable 2 bedroom apartment for months to no avail. I am a veteran and would like information on how to obtain a apartment in your complex

  37. Tanya Oakley,have a 2bedrooms section8 voucher.I’m interested in one of your units.

  38. looking for 2 br unit apt 7184516231. solid references are available. Moving with wife and 2 kids

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