A new ULI profile of Prospect Plaza, a mixed-use affordable housing redevelopment project spread over five buildings and three blocks in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill–Brownsville neighborhood, highlights how features, including community gardens, active staircases, and outdoor recreation areas, support the mental, social, and physical health of residents.
The $200 million project is replacing a former New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex with a mix of nearly 400 public housing and affordable rental apartments, retail space, and community and recreational facilities designed to support resident health in a rapidly developing area with significant public health challenges.
The profile is featured on the Building Healthy Places Toolkit and ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative – Healthy Housing websites, which outlines opportunities to enhance health through changes in approaches to buildings and projects.
Area stakeholders and lead developer Blue Sea Development coalesced around a vision for a new Prospect Plaza with a mix of housing types, open space, and access to fresh food and active transportation facilities after a community planning workshop organized by the NYCHA in 2010.
Plans for the new Prospect Plaza centered on improving resident health outcomes—a particularly acute need, as the Ocean Hill–Brownsville neighborhood experienced the highest death rates in New York City caused by avoidable chronic health conditions as recently as 2012, according to the Office of Vital Statistics.
Since the first phase of Prospect Plaza opened in 2016, the project has been recognized for incorporating design and programmatic elements that support the mental, social, and physical health of residents.