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Three huge lots equal in size to almost an entire block have been leveled to make way for a huge public housing project in Ocean Hill. (You can see the future plans for the site here and here.) The property was formerly the Prospect Plaza housing project, home to 1,200 people, which NYCHA emptied out in 2000, promising to rebuild. When we visited a year earlier, the empty, boarded-up apartment houses were still standing.

At 1776 Prospect Place, pictured above and after the jump, the demo work started in May and was signed off on in October. An application for a new six-story building with 101 apartments was disapproved this month. The building that previously stood there was 15 stories.

The area immediately around the public housing sites consists of empty lots or empty apartment buildings, adding up to about eight desolate lots on two and a half blocks between Saratoga and Howard avenues and Prospect and Sterling places, close to Eastern Parkway in Ocean Hill.

Click through to see more photos of the site and a rendering of one of the planned buildings.

City Finally Moves to Redevelop Vacant Housing Project in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner Architects via NYY
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When we happened by 880-882 Macon Street Sunday, we were surprised to see the building is looking just about finished — and it looks much better than we expected. We had no idea from the sketch on the fence that it would be all black or even brick. Although it replaced a tiny 19th century brick row house and empty lot, it fits in quite nicely with its surroundings, we think, since there are apartment buildings of the same height just two doors away.

This was one of the first for-profit developments in Ocean Hill in perhaps a decade, and now there are buildings going up on empty lots all around. Click through to see more photos. What do you think of the look?

Rendering Posted for Small Apartment House in Ocean Hill Near Broadway and Saratoga [Brownstoner] GMAP
Development to Boom in Ocean Hill? [Brownstoner]

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The housing tower that overlooks Saratoga Park in Bed Stuy is one of six Section 8 complexes owned by NYCHA across the city that are going to be sold to affordable housing developer L+M Partners. The developer will buy a 50 percent stake for $400 million over 15 years plus invest $100 million in renovating the 900 units, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Once an apartment is renovated, the federal government will pay L&M the difference between what the market rate rent would be and what the Section 8 tenants are actually paying. In addition, said the paper, the developers “will be able to sell tax-exempt bonds and federal tax credits under an agreement that expires in 30 years.”

After that period, the properties “could be converted to market rate,” although that decision would be made by NYCHA and “officials said they were committed to preserving affordability.”

The deal is a “partnership” not unlike the ones that have lately been made with libraries, churches and others. NYCHA would retain ownership of the underlying land.

The complex, Saratoga Square at 930 Halsey Street, is technically in Ocean Hill, although locals consider it Bed Stuy. (The Journal said it is in Bushwick, which starts on the other side of Broadway.) It consists of two buildings containing 251 apartments, all of which are senior housing, according to NYCHA’s own website. (Also part of the complex, but presumably not included in the deal, is the notable Saratoga Avenue Community Center at 940 Hancock Street, which has won architectural awards for its design. The architect is George Ranalli.)

The other complexes — Campos Plaza, East 4th Street Rehab, Milbank-Frawley Houses, East 120th Street Rehab and Bronxchester Houses — are not in Brooklyn.

Curiously, we noticed last week, Fordham professor of history Mark Naison claimed in a recent story in BK Nation that Bed Stuy’s famous Marcy Houses, where Jay-Z grew up, are going market rate in a similar sounding scheme. He doesn’t cite his sources for this information. Perhaps residents told him apartments were being set aside. NYCHA has also said it wants to redistribute larger apartments to larger families.

New York City to Sell Public-Housing Stake [WSJ]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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This little two-family at 142 A Hull Street has been unfortunately over-renovated to our way of thinking, but even so it appears to be in move-in condition with a relatively low price tag for Brooklyn these days.

It’s set up as a top-floor rental over a three-bedroom duplex. The facade is mostly intact and we like the quirky offset window and the Neo-Grec detail.

The house is located in Ocean Hill close to the Broadway Junction subway station. The ask is $719,000. Do you think it might make a good investment property?

142 A Hull Street [Halstead] GMAP

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Here’s a renovated 1.5-bedroom apartment in Ocean Hill. The kitchen is large enough for a dining table with four chairs, and the bathroom has a window. We’re guessing this is on the top floor of the 19th century brick building.

It’s two blocks from the C train at Rockaway Avenue and five blocks to the A, C, J, Z and L at Broadway Junction. It wasn’t long ago that you could find apartments in this price range in Bed Stuy. Do you think $1,400 a month is a good deal for this location?

1332 Herkimer Street [Charles Rutenberg] GMAP

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During the winter, when we can’t open the windows, we work on “clean” projects, such as sewing new curtains. We save up messy and toxic tasks such as plastering and stripping for spring and summer. We’ve accomplished quite a bit this year, although not as much as we hoped. Our agenda was to finish all the woodwork and the plastering. What we actually accomplished was rehabilitating the built-ins on the garden floor. (more…)

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We found this rendering for a five-story affordable housing development on the fence at 331 Saratoga Avenue between Bergen and Dean Streets in Ocean Hill. SLCE is designing the building, which will have 80 units, 40 bike storage spots and 15 off-street parking spaces, as previously reported.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has owned the lot for 40 years, but Dunn Development is the developer. Half the units will be reserved for families living below the poverty line, and the complex will be called Bergen Saratoga Apartments. Construction signage predicts it will be finished in October 2015.

When we looked behind the fence, we saw excavation and foundation work under way. Click through to see the progress. What do you think of the design?

SLCE to Design Five Stories of Affordable Housing on Vacant Lot in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP

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We found renderings for the two big affordable housing developments coming to the corner of Broadway and Decatur in Ocean Hill. Construction will wrap in fall 2015, with retail coming later that year, according to signs on the fence. We’re also pleased to report that Henry Hardware will be one of the stores. (The owner of one of the properties, Stanley Henry, has run Henry Distributors, a building supply company, here since 1970.) (more…)

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As rents in Bed Stuy skyrocket, it’s easy to forget you can still find deals like this three-bedroom, particularly in eastern Bed Stuy and Ocean Hill. The living room seems nicely sized, and the kitchen and bathroom are both recently updated.

There are two large bedrooms and one smaller one, according to the listing. You could also use it as a two-bedroom and keep the third one as an office or nursery. The location is close to the Bushwick border and two or three blocks from the J at Halsey or the J/Z at Chauncey. Do you think it’s reasonable at $1,800 a month?

36 Thomas S. Boyland Street [Halstead] GMAP

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It seems the Ocean Hill development on the corner of Broadway and Decatur we wrote about Monday is actually part of a much bigger project taking place along Broadway on both sides of Decatur. Two six-story buildings will contain 134 units of supportive and low-income housing as well as retail space. The building at 1696-1712 Broadway will go into a city-owned site that has been an empty lot for decades, pictured above. The one at 1674-1684 Broadway, as previously reported, will go up where Henry Distributors has been selling hardware and building materials since 1970.

As it turns out, owner Stan Henry is actually a partner in the development, along with Alembic Community Development. Among other things, he will help out the project with his extensive local contacts in the building trades. We hope that’s good news for his many long-time employees who live in the area. Perhaps Henry Distributors plans to resume operations in the building’s retail space after construction has finished.

The project will cost $53,000,000 and the architect is Peter Woll. The development will be called The Henry Apartments, presumably after Stan Henry.

The office of the Brooklyn Borough President held a public hearing on the project on April 8. An email to the office was not returned, so we don’t know the outcome. On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the City Council voted to approve it. A construction permit has already been filed for the building at 1674-1684 Broadway.

You can read all about the details of the plan here. Thanks to a Brownstoner commenter for alerting us to the notice.

After years of virtually no private development in this area, now almost every vacant lot in the vicinity has a building going up on it. We live on this block and are pleased with the plans since it will help residents — and the building design is likely to be better than a market rate condo development. We just hope they make an effort to soundproof the building, since it will be right up against the very loud elevated train tracks.

What do you think of it?

Six-Story Mixed-Use Building in the Works at Broadway and Decatur in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner]

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As the city considers upzoning Broadway in Bushwick, Bed Stuy and East New York, some developers are taking the plunge and building beneath the J,M,Z elevated tracks despite height restrictions. Affordable housing developer Alembic Community Development is planning a six-story, mixed-use project at 1676 Broadway in Ocean Hill/Bed Stuy, according to a new building application.

That address is new. In 2012, a very large property on the corner consisting of multiple parcels, which has housed wholesale and retail building supply company Henry Distributors at 1674 Broadway for decades, changed hands for $1,030,254. It is now owned by an entity called Broadway Decatur Housing Development Fund Corp., according to ACRIS.

As far as we can figure out, it looks like the new building is going to go up where Henry Distributors is currently located. The 55-unit building will have 35,300 square feet of residential space and 2,692 square feet of commercial. While the building permits say nothing about affordability, it’s very likely going to be some form of low-income housing. Alembic builds low-income and supportive housing like the D’Addario Residence in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, which opened last year with 46 units for low-income and formerly homeless people.

In 1908, this building was a theater called the People’s Pleasure Palace, according to Cinema TreasuresGMAP

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A drawing has gone up on the construction fence at 880-882 Macon Street between Broadway and Saratoga in the Ocean Hill area of Bed Stuy, where the owners tore down a small, decrepit 19th century brick house next to an empty lot to build a four-story, eight-unit apartment house.

Large, double-glazed windows will alternate with sheet metal and an insulated finish that looks like stucco. When we peeked through the construction fence, it appeared workers were busy preparing for the cement to be poured for the foundation. What do you think of the design?

Development to Boom in Ocean Hill? [Brownstoner]