City Picks Plan to Replace Shuttered Housing Project

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Drawings from an earlier Prospect Plaza redevelopment brochure. The new plan replaces three high-rise towers with three sites of low-rise housing and community amenities.

Photo by: NYCHA

Drawings from an earlier Prospect Plaza redevelopment brochure. The new plan replaces three high-rise towers with three sites of low-rise housing and community amenities.

The city’s housing authority announced Wednesday that it had selected a new development team for a stalled effort to replace public housing vacated more than a decade ago.

The plan will replace the 365 public housing units at Prospect Plaza, a three-tower complex in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, with 364 new apartments built on three sites in three phases.

The sites will include 80 units of public housing, for which former Prospect Plaza residents will have preference, and 284 other housing units reserved for households making less than 60 percent of area median income, or $49,800 for a family of four.

The development will also include a supermarket, community facility and recreation space, according to a statement from the New York City Housing Authority.

Prospect Plaza is one of the few projects in the city undertaken via the HOPE VI program, a federal initiative conceived in the 1990s to address failed public housing.

Nationwide, HOPE VI has generated mixed results: It resulted in the destruction of 200,000 units of public housing, but did relocate some residents to better neighborhood and create successful mixed-income communities where distressed housing projects once stood.

When HOPE VI came to Prospect Plaza in 2002,

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