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Vacant Prospect Heights Site Is Getting 8 Affordable Rentals

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Since the building at 816 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights burned down in 2010, nothing has occupied the site, but that's soon to change. Construction began late this spring on an all-affordable building that is slated to be five stories tall, containing eight large apartments—four three-bedrooms and four four-bedrooms—and retail on the ground floor. But according to Brownstoner, the Department of Buildings issued a stop work order in June, as the digging was undermining an adjacent building. The DOB ordered developer Larry Hirschfield of ELH Management to backfill as necessary and install monitoring equipment, and Brownstoner reports that wooden supports have been implemented to reinforce the adjacent building's base to prevent any future problems.

There have been no reports on exactly when the developer will gain approval to restart construction on the building. Once it's completed, all former tenants displaced by the fire are guaranteed spots, with the remaining units going to lottery. Rents will run from roughly $1,500 to $1,700 per month.

Dattner Architects, a firm that has won many awards for its work, is designing the building, but unfortunately, the new structure looks like it will be an odd contemporary take on the brick building that used to occupy the corner.

—Wesley Yiin
· Affordable Housing on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights Breaks Ground [Brownstoner]
· Dattner Architects [official]