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RE-VISION PROSPECT PLAZA A COMMUNITY PLANNING WORKSHOP | JUNE 2010

RE-VISION PROSPECT PLAZA A COMMUNITY PLANNING WORKSHOP | JUNE 2010 saturday june 5 | monday june 7 | tuesday june 8

ocean hill – brownsville, brooklyn

RE-VISION PROSPECT PLAZA A COMMUNITY PLANNING WORKSHOP | JUNE 2010

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Workshop Program

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All programmed activities will be held at Van Dyke Community Center, 392 Blake Avenue, Brooklyn DAY 1

SATURDAY, JUNE 5

Morning Session: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM • Registration and Breakfast • Overview of the Day • Welcoming Remarks (NYCHA Leadership and Elected Officials) • Site Tour Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Re-Vision Prospect Plaza – Introduction • Workshop Structure • Workshop Session I • Presentations and Discussion • Conclusions

DAY 2

MONDAY, JUNE 7

Evening Session: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (food and refreshments will be provided) • Presentation of Preliminary Design Options • Workshop Session II • Presentations and Discussion • Summary

DAY 3

TUESDAY, JUNE 8

Introduction: Re-Vision Prospect Plaza ............................................ 1 - 2 Ocean Hill – Brownsville History ...................................................... 3 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in Brooklyn’s Community District 16 ................................................ 4 New Affordable Housing 1988 - 2009 .............................................. 5 - 6 HOPE VI Program ............................................................................. 7 Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan ........................................................... 8 Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan - Completed Phases .......................... 9 - 10 Land Use .......................................................................................... 11 - 12 Zoning .............................................................................................. 13 - 14 Community Resources ..................................................................... 15 - 16 Public Transportation ....................................................................... 17 Major Traffic Routes ......................................................................... 18

Evening Session: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (food and refreshments will be provided)

Demographics & General Housing Data ........................................... 19

• Preferred Design Option - Final Presentation to Stakeholders • Comments and Closing Remarks

Acknowledgements .......................................................................... 20


Introduction: Re-Vision Prospect Plaza

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) welcomes you to Re-Vision Prospect Plaza, a community planning workshop to produce a plan for the redevelopment of the Prospect Plaza sites. With your input, the community planning workshop will provide a blueprint – vision, goals, designs and implementation steps – to make Prospect Plaza a vibrant place to live. NYCHA remains committed to the revitalization of Prospect Plaza and this workshop will consider and formulate guidelines and design criteria for the remaining phase of the redevelopment of the Prospect Plaza towers. The workshop will draw on the knowledge of former Prospect Plaza residents, local community leaders, elected officials and government agencies. A moderator will guide participants through the visioning and planning process. A team of architects will translate ideas generated in small group discussions into drawings of design options. The result of this collaborative effort will then be shared with stakeholders and other guests at the workshop’s final presentation on June 8, 2010. The resulting design will ultimately guide the redevelopment of Prospect Plaza.

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Ocean Hill – Brownsville History

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in Brooklyn’s Community District 16 Community District 16 (CD 16) includes the Ocean Hill and Brownsville neighborhoods. Ocean Hill is located to the north and Brownsville to the south of East New York Avenue.

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Ocean Hill, where the Prospect Plaza sites are located, started growing in the late 19th century. Prior to 1873, the area was part of the property owned by the family of Jacobus Lott. In 1873, the Lott property was subdivided and portions of what are now Saratoga and Howard Avenues were developed. By the early 1900s, department stores, theaters and some industrial facilities were common along Broadway Avenue and Rockaway Avenue. By 1908, much of the area between Saratoga Avenue and Howard Avenue was developed with homes. Ocean Hill further continued to grow and prosper after the 1920s with the completion of the New Lots branch of Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) in 1922.

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3 Images show transformation of the Ocean Hill neighborhood from a neighborhood of (1) traditional single-family rowhouse homes in 1924 to (2) large amounts of vacant parcels and deteriorated housing stock in 1996 to (3) newly constructed 1-2 family houses and multi-family buildings in 2008.

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During the blackout of 1977, many buildings in Ocean Hill and Brownsville were burned and abandoned, with many stores along Broadway Avenue destroyed. Since the late 1980s, however, CD 16 has seen a significant increase in the number of housing units as a result of an infusion of capital through government-assisted housing programs. Ocean Hill and Brownsville have come a long way in the process of revitalization. An increasing number of professionals are moving into the area, attracted in part by housing costs that are lower than in the rest of Central Brooklyn. Today, the Ocean Hill and Brownsville neighborhoods reflect this transformation with signs of ongoing revitalization throughout the community.

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The first public housing development in Brooklyn’s Community District 16 (CD 16) was Brownsville Houses (1948), a cluster of six-story buildings with 1,337 housing units. Its design represents costsaving techniques that dominated later public housing construction: column and slab concrete structure. The buildings follow a “cross plan” in which wings radiate from a central circulation core, providing light and ventilation.

The Brownsville neighborhood formed around 1883 when Charles S. Brown built 250 frame houses for workers who commuted by trolley to Manhattan factories. Simultaneously, manufacturers from Manhattan, particularly those in the garment trades, saw an opportunity in Brownsville to expand their businesses. By the 1980s a garment factory on Watkins Avenue had 100 employees. By the late 1960s, Ocean Hill, Brownsville and the neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods formed one of the largest African-American communities in the United States. Ocean HillBrownsville was also one of three districts in New York City in which the community was empowered to take control over local schools. Conflict between school leaders, community residents and the United Federation of Teachers generated one of the bitterest teachers’ strikes in the history of the City. Other strides toward community control and empowerment, particularly in the areas of housing and social services, were initiated by the Ocean HillBrownsville Tenants Association.

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1 | A wheelwright business on Thatford Avenue which was torn down for the war-delayed Brownsville Houses (NYCHA Archives, June 1941). 2 | Looking almost like an architectural drawing, this view is of the courtyards of the brand-new Brownsville Houses in 1948, with 27 six-story buildings housing over 3,700 people on 19 acres (NYCHA Archives, May 1948). 3 | Brownsville Houses, bordered by Mother Gaston Boulevard, Dumont Avenue, Sutter Avenue, and Rockaway Avenue, in 2010.

The eleven NYCHA developments (more than 6,000 apartments) constructed in CD 16 during the 1950s, 60s and 70s were, almost without exception, high-rise towers surrounded by green, park-like settings. Buildings cover less than 20% of any site, but set back from the street, the towers often lack connection to the surrounding area. Commercial space was excluded to avoid competition with private property owners. Eventually, these “towers in the park” became associated with increased crime, especially in neighborhoods that already had crime problems. In 1972, Oscar Newman wrote his important study, Defensible Space, which compared two adjoining projects in Brownsville: Brownsville Houses (1948) and Van Dyke Houses (1955). Both developments were of similar size and tenant composition but Brownsville had six story buildings while Van Dyke had 14-story towers. Over time, Van Dyke had more crime than Brownsville and required more maintenance work. Newman argued the difference in design approach accounted for the difference in crime rates.

4 | 3-story Howard Avenue-Park Place housing project on Sterling Place, Eastern Parkway, Howard Avenue, St. John’s Place, and Ralph Avenue.

In response to this critique and other research done at the time, NYCHA built nine developments in the 1980s and 90s (approximately 1,500 apartments) that averaged four stories in height. These developments did not, however, incorporate a diversity of uses (e.g. retail and community facility) or the range of income levels that urban planners recommended.

Source: Public Housing: New York Transformed 1939-1967. Photos from the New York City Housing Authority Collection.

Today, NYCHA houses 20,814 people or almost 20% of CD 16’s total population of 116,740, in 22 developments, which is the highest concentration of public housing in New York City.

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1 | Rendering of the Domenech, a senior housing building currently under construction on St. Mark’s Avenue between Saratoga Avenue and Howard Avenue, developed by Common Ground and designed by Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architects. 2 | The Rockaway, located at 730 Rockaway Avenue, was developed by Dunn Development Corp. and MHANY Management and designed by Peter L. Woll Architect, P.C. 3 | The Bristol, located at 445 Thomas S. Boyland Street, was developed by Dunn Development Corp., L&M Development Partners, and MHANY Management and designed by SLCE Architects. 4 | Grouping of 2-family homes located on Thomas S. Boyland Street built by the New York City Housing Partnership.

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Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan

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The HOPE VI Program, originally know as the Urban Revitalization Demonstration Program (URD), was developed as a result of recommendations by the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which was charged with proposing a National Action Plan to demolish severely distressed public housing The final Commission report concluded that many public housing units and developments had outlived their useful lives, suffered from deferred maintenance over many years, and had become dangerous and unhealthy living environments. The HOPE VI Program was authorized October 6, 1992 and was initially intended to result in the demolition and reconstruction of up to 100,000 “distressed” public housing units across the country. Over time HOPE VI has been expanded to also promote activities, such as social and educational services, that support residents of the redeveloped housing. The HOPE VI Program envisioned the replacement of high-rise buildings with new, lower density housing. It was further intended that the new housing would facilitate the re-integration of the residents of the often isolated high-rise public housing developments with their surrounding communities. This new public housing would be built as mixed income communities and include more commercial, educational, recreational and social service facilities, thereby improving the living standards of public housing residents through expanded job, educational and economic opportunities.

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Plan amended: Reduces P.H. Units from 365 to 240

Resident Update Meeting held in January 2010

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MDC project fails financial feasibility; termination letter issued

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Construction plans completed and sent out for bids

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HOPE VI Grant Awarded

Michaels Development Company (MDC) Selected

Relocation of 365 Prospect Plaza Residents Begins

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Four (4) High-Rise Towers completed by private developers under the federal Turn-Key Program

Development Agreement with MDC completed

Relocation of Prospect Plaza Residents Completed

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HUD HOPE VI Application Submitted

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RFQ issued for rehabilitation of Prospect Plaza and construction facility space and rental housing

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HOPE VI Program

Prospect Plaza towers remain vacant; next steps to be determined

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In the mid-1990s NYCHA worked with Prospect Plaza residents to formulate an application for a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant. Prospect Plaza had been identified as a HOPE VI site due to its deteriorated physical condition, undersized and inefficient apartment lay-outs and isolation from the surrounding community. In 1998 HUD awarded a $731,000 HOPE VI Demolition Grant for 430 Saratoga Avenue. In 1999 HUD awarded a $21.4 million HOPE VI implementation grant to revitalize the Prospect Plaza sites, construct new rental and homeownership units, build new community and recreation facilities, and provide social services for residents. In 1999, HUD approved the Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Revitalization Plan; and NYCHA issued a request for proposals to develop new, low-rise rental buildings and two-family homes for first-time home buyers. In 2003, construction of 37 townhouses on city property began. The last house was sold in 2005. In the same year, 430 Saratoga Avenue (including a 5,000 sq. ft. daycare center) was demolished. The building’s foundation had been undermined by ground water and replacing the structure was determined to be less costly than repair. In 2007, construction of 151 units of affordable rental housing began. The development is now fully occupied. Relocated Prospect Plaza residents were offered a right of first refusal to buy or rent as provided by the HOPE VI Plan. Prospect Plaza families three hundred sixty-five were relocated from the four Prospect Plaza public housing towers between 2001 and 2003, with most moving to other public housing, and others either accepting Section 8 vouchers or finding other housing accommodations. In 2002, a request for qualifications was issued for a developer to rehabilitate the Prospect Plaza sites, construct community facility space and additional rental housing. Michaels Development Co. (MDC) was designated in June 2003 and defaulted in 2007 when the MDC project was determined not to be financially feasible. 8


Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan - Completed Phases

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In the first phase of the Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan, scattered City-owned sites on Saratoga Avenue, Dean Street, and Sterling Place were developed with 37 two-family houses. Development of these parcels was awarded to Settlement Housing Fund in 2002 and construction was completed in 2005. Of the 37 two-family homes, 32 were purchased by former public housing residents, including one former Prospect Plaza resident. Funding sources for the homeownership units included NYCHA subsidies, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), Federal Home Loan Bank, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and New York City Council.

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Phase II - Rental In the second phase of the Prospect Plaza HOPE VI Plan, a City-owned site adjacent to Prospect Plaza towers 2 and 3 was developed with 150 affordable rental units. Construction was completed in June 2009. Of the 150 apartments, 45 units were set aside for relocated Prospect Plaza and other public housing residents for whom NYCHA provided rental vouchers through its Section 8 Program. Funding sources for the development included New York State Housing Finance Agency, DHCR, New York City 421a Program and private tax credit investment.

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2 | L&M Equities developed 150 affordable rental units on Prospect Place, Park Place, Saratoga Avenue, and Howard Avenue in 2009.

Between 2004 and 2007 Groodwill Industries provided community and supportive services to former Prospect Plaza residents. Services included child care, transportation, family and substance abuse counseling, education and job training, placement and retention services in the fields of security, commercial driving, conventional driver’s education, GED, computer literacy and building maintenance. In addition, the New York Mortgage Coalition led homeownership training sessions from 2004 to 2005 to aid the placement of public housing residents in the first phase of the project. Beginning in 2007, NYCHA Resident Employment Services began providing services through a three-year Sustainability Plan, which will end in September 2010. Services offered through the Sustainability Plan include the development of a computer lab at the Van Dyke Community Center, computer literacy training and the Education & Employment Training Assistance Program (EETAP), which provides grants up to $4,500 to former Prospect Plaza residents for vocational, undergraduate and graduate course work.

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family homes alternate with multi-family walk-up buildings. The area is also served by community facilities, neighborhood retail stores, and two parks. 1 | Pacific Playground is located on Howard Avenue between Pacific Street and Dean Street, and adjacent to NYCHA’s Kingsborough Houses. 2 | New 2-family homes on Park Place between Howard Avenue and Ralph Avenue. 3 | The P.S. 178 Annex is located on Park Place adjacent to a Prospect Plaza tower site and a City-owned parcel, both of which are currently vacant.

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4 | The new Food Bazaar grocery store, located on St. John’s Place between Howard Avenue and Ralph Avenue, opened in Fall 2009. 5 | Mixed-use building located at the intersection of Prospect Place and Saratoga Avenue. 6 | Ocean Hill’s historic housing stock includes a wealth of preserved 1-2 family rowhouses, like these located on Park Place between Howard Avenue and Ralph Avenue.

While some blocks contain one and two-family homes built between 1890 and 1930, much of the area’s housing stock fell into disrepair, was demolished in the 1960s and 1970s and reverted to ownership by the City of New York. Since the late 1980s, many of the vacant City-owned sites have been redeveloped with rental housing and two-family homes. Most recently, the City-owned site adjacent to the existing towers was redeveloped as 150 affordable rental units. This site was part of the Prospect Plaza Hope VI Plan – Phase II, planned to be developed with low-density buildings comprised of affordable, rental units. On Atlantic Avenue to the north, there are a few large industrial warehouses, and many smaller, automobile-related businesses and shops. Pitkin Avenue to the south is the main commercial corridor in Ocean Hill-Brownsville. Saratoga Avenue on the east offers smaller neighborhood retail stores. Some of the stores are currently closed. St. John’s Place has scattered retail stores including a new neighborhood grocery, Food Bazaar, which opened in Fall 2009. Community facilities in the area include two public schools, P.S. 12 and P.S. 178. An annex of P.S. 178 is adjacent to the vacant Prospect tower site at 430 Saratoga Avenue, and offers both a Pre-K and Kindergarten program. The area is also home to many churches, social service providers and two parks: Pacific Playground located along Howard Avenue between Pacific and Dean Streets and Saratoga Ballfields located at Thomas S. Boyland Street between Dean and Pacific Streets. 12


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Community facilities in the area surrounding the Prospect Plaza tower sites include public schools, organizations providing social, health and public safety services, parkland and other open space. The Prospect Plaza tower sites are located in the City’s Department of Education District #23. Students in the area attend P.S. 178 - Saint Claire McKelway School, located at 2163 Dean Street, three blocks north of the development sites. The school serves Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. In addition to the main school building on Dean Street, the P.S. 178 Annex, located on Park Place between Saratoga and Howard Avenues, serves Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. The Annex building is adjacent to NYCHA’s development site on Saratoga Avenue and a vacant City-owned parcel under the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. P.S. 12 / Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II, located at the corner of Howard Avenue and Prospect Place, falls within the boundaries of Department of Education District #17. Brooklyn Collegiate High School, at the corner of Thomas S. Boyland Street and Bergen Street, opened in 2009. There are no public libraries in the area. Pacific Playground, located on Howard Avenue between Pacific Street and Dean Street, was renovated in 2002 and includes basketball courts, playgrounds and spray showers. Saratoga Ballfields, located on Thomas S. Boyland Street between Pacific Street and Dean Street and adjacent to P.S. 178, includes playground facilities. There are several community gardens located throughout the Ocean Hill neighborhood. Religious organizations in the area provide a variety of social services. 16


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Demographics & General Housing Data

Acknowledgements

In order to portray the demographic characteristics of the area surrounding the Prospect Plaza tower sites, the 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates were analyzed at three geographic levels: Brooklyn’s Community District 16 (CD 16), which includes the Ocean Hill and Brownsville neighborhoods; the Borough of Brooklyn; and New York City as a whole. Data was also collected for New York City Housing Authority residents in CD 16, who comprise approximately 20% of Community District’s total population. NYCHA Housing in CD 16

CD16 2006 - 2008

Brooklyn 2006 - 2008

NYC 2006 - 2008

20,814

116,679

2,539,617

8,308,163

Under 18 years

33.6%

33.0%

25.3%

23.0%

18 – 64 years

53.6%

59.0%

62.5%

64.7%

Over 64 years

12.8%

9.0%

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12.3%

Population Age

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided support for this community planning workshop.

CONSULTANTS ACP places citizens at the heart of physical planning, helping diverse interests and stakeholders find a common path toward community improvement. The result? Broadly-supported plans that reflect locally-defined needs and lead to implementation. PKSB Architects is recognized as an award-winning full-service firm with a long history of completing projects of every scale and scope. Celebrating over 40 years in practice, PKSB has been creating architecture and interior spaces with an ever-expanding range – including academic, preservation, institutional, residential, hospitality, public housing, infrastructure, public art, civic memorials and houses of worship. PKSB’s efforts have been rewarded with numerous design awards, most recently with the AIA 2010 Honor Award for Architecture.

SOURCES

Total Households Annual Median Household Income Average Household Size

8,732

38,938

880,718

3,032,961

$14,376

$25,954

$43,023

$50,403

2.4

2.96

2.84

2.68

Jackson, Kenneth T. “The Encyclopedia of New York City.” Yale University Press; the New York Historical Society, 1995. Plunz, Richard. “A History of Housing in New York City.” Columbia University Press, 1990.

Monthly Median Gross Rent

$352

$689

$974

$1,025

Gross Rent at 30% or More of Household Income

N/A²

56.5%

53.3%

50.3%

Pritchett, Wendell. “Brownsville, Brooklyn – Blacks Jews and the Changing Face of the Ghetto.” The University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Homeownership Rate¹

N/A³

20.8%

30.8%

33.8%

PHOTOS

Median Value of Owner-Occupied Units

N/A³

$426,500

$574,500

$526,800

Median Monthly Housing Costs for Mortgaged Owners

N/A³

$2,045

$2,426

$2,407

Selected Monthly Owner Costs at 30% or More of Household Income

N/A³

59.9%

55.7%

50.2%

48.5%

55.6%

86.6%

81.4%

Housing Structures Built Before 1960

Source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey 2006-2008 3 Year Estimates, NYC Department of City Planning - Population Division, November 2009 ¹ Furman Center - State of the New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods 2008 ² NYCHA residents pay no more than 30% of their incomes in rent ³ NYCHA units are rentals

Cover and Page 2-3: Aerial image courtesy of the Local Development Corporation of East New York & Jackson Development Group Page 3: Photos 1-3: Historic images courtesy of NYCityMap, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, City-Wide GIS Page 6: Photos 2 & 3: Courtesy of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Photo 4: Source: Common Ground www.commonground.org

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