Three huge lots equal in size to almost an entire block have been leveled to make way for a huge public housing project in Brownsville. (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 Brownsville.
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 Brownsville [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner Architects via NYY