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Good News for the Prospect Heights Historic District

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On Wednesday, April 9, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a community forum on the district and shared their proposed boundaries for a 700-building district. The Commission may move as soon as this year to calendar the district, the first step in the designation process.

In April 2007, MAS and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Corporation submitted a survey of the historic architecture of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, to the Landmarks Preservation Commission along with a request that the area to be studied for designation as a historic district. The application was submitted because the Atlantic Yards proposal was moving ahead, making it crucial that Prospect Heights gain protection through historic district designation before spill-over development pressures permanently altered its intact historic character.

Prospect Heights is rich in the historic architecture that helps shape Brooklyn’s special identity with blocks of beautiful Italianate and neo-Grec rowhouses, interspersed with churches, small commercial buildings, and multi-family structures. Originally a quiet farm area crossed by the historic Flatbush Turnpike Road, Prospect Heights became a residential neighborhood in the second half of the nineteenth century after the completion of nearby Prospect Park. The area is widely recognized as an important historic neighborhood, and indeed, part of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register.

MAS applauds the Landmarks Preservation Commission for moving so rapidly to protect this very special neighborhood.

The writer is Director of Advocacy and Policy.