The final phase of the massive affordable housing complex known as Prospect Plaza, located at 1845 Sterling Place in Ocean Hill, is getting close to the finish line.
All of the buildings in the complex have different names. This one is dubbed the Saratoga Site.
On a recent visit, the construction fences were down, the facade was complete and interior work was happening in the street level spaces, with what appears to be an office set up in one of the spaces.
When we last visited in August 2017, the building had almost topped out, and the facade was just starting to go up.
When complete, the building will stand five stories and house 123 apartments. It will have a parking garage, a ground-floor grocery store, and a two-story community center topped with a greenhouse on the roof.
To break up the brick facade, there are russet, light blue and apricot panels between some of the windows.
The old Prospect Plaza complex was emptied in 2000 — 17 years ago — with the promise that families could move back in after renovations. But the renovations never happened, the complex was eventually demolished, and families never got a chance to return to their homes.
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) are developing the complex, alongside Pennrose Properties, Blue Sea Development, Duvernay + Brooks and Rosenberg Housing Group.
The architect is Dattner Architects, which has designed many 100 and 80/20 percent affordable housing complexes in Brooklyn, including Fort Greene’s Caesura and East Flatbush’s Camba Gardens Phase II.
The first two phases of the complex are already complete, with certificates of occupancy issued for 1751, 1760 and 1765 Prospect Place, public records show.
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