Prospect Plaza is part of the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) plan to transform the existing Prospect Plaza Homes development under the Federal HUD HOPE VI Program. New low-rise high-density rental housing replaces the existing high-rise “tower in the park” building. The project is the second phase (Site B) of the NYCHA’s goals to create a master plan and revitalize this three block area. This project has helped set a precedent for future developments in the area.
This multi-family building designed to resemble a series of townhouses, occupies one entire city block in the Ocean Hill/Brownsville area of Brooklyn, New York. Co-sponsored by NYCHA, as well as the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, (NYC HPD) the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal (NYS DHCR), this building contains 151 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental units with 2,500 square feet of retail space at its base.
The building appearance is a fusion of traditional Brooklyn brownstone design with more modern elements within the setback to revitalize the community with a more refreshed appearance. Canopied entrances with front stoops employ colors to differentiate between residences, and rear yards and outdoor areas afford residents greater community interaction.
The five corner sections of the structure are enhanced by gable roof cladding in standing seam metal. These roofs, along with the corner windows below create a dramatic, prominent design feature. The structure is concrete block bearing wall and precast concrete plank. Exterior walls employ a brick veneer with cast stone bases and EFIS at setbacks and accent areas.