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Pennrose Begins Construction of a New Public Park as Part of Prospect Plaza Redevelopment

July 19, 2018

Pennrose, Duvernay + Brooks, and Blue Sea Development began construction on a new 0.75 acre park at Prospect Plaza, a new mixed use, 364 unit affordable housing redevelopment project in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The park is part of a partnership with the New York City Housing Authority, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Once complete, the Park will be turned over to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for long-term ownership and maintenance as a public park. 

This public open and recreational space amenity is part of the New York City Housing Authority’s’ (NYCHA) $200 million Prospect Plaza Redevelopment Plan, which includes affordable rental apartments, retail space and community and recreational facilities. The Park is being constructed in large part with a grant provided to the overall Prospect Plaza Redevelopment by the office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

Designed by Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architects, The Park will include a toddler play area, a 5-12 year old play area with a water feature, seating alcoves, basketball court, lawn space and game tables. The Park is slated to be completed in early 2019. The project architect and developer participated with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation in a design process that included soliciting community input through public scoping sessions.

“Prospect Plaza is a great example of how thoughtful, well executed affordable housing communities can improve lives and transform neighborhoods,” said Timothy I. Henkel, Principal and Senior Vice President, Pennrose.  “By incorporating beautiful public spaces, active retail and recreational facilities, Prospect Plaza goes beyond helping to meet the growing need for affordable housing by contributing to the overall health and wellness of the community.”

Since the first phase was delivered in 2016, the project has been recognized for excellence in supporting the mental, social and physical health of residents. Phase I delivered 110 affordable units, received LEED Platinum certification, and is Active Design Verified through integration of daylit stairs and outdoor play and exercise amenities. Phase II delivered 149 affordable units, received LEED Gold Certification and is Active Design Verified. Phase III, currently completing its LEED Gold and Active Design Verified certifications, has 135 affordable units in a mixed-use building that includes 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The building also features a 10,000 square foot community center, adjacent to the Park, that will be operated by Brooklyn Community Services.

Pennrose has a long track record of managing and developing vibrant affordable housing communities through high quality housing, supportive services and green spaces. Pennrose was recently selected by NYCHA to redevelop 1,315 affordable family and senior housing units in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, which will include extensive renovation of 61 buildings and 20 acres of landscaped open space.  Pennrose is also working to develop Haven Green, a 123-unit deeply affordable, LGBTQ friendly, senior housing development with adjacent public space in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan. Haven Green is embarking on a participatory design process, soliciting community input for the creation and design of over 8,000 square feet of publically accessible space.