The Brooklyn Navy Yard was once known as a place where unruly sailors were locked up from the 1940s until 1966, and served as a prison for 110 years until 1994 before being razed in 2005. It was never much to look at. Now, The New York Times reports, the yard and its surrounding area are being transformed and new life is being breathed into the neighborhood.

Developers are putting the finishing touches on Navy Green, a $146 million housing complex with market-rate and affordable apartments being built on the site of a former Navy brig. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit entity that manages the city-owned facility, is removing some of the walls that have isolated the Navy Yard from the community, while adding a supermarket, a food hall and a park that the public can use.

Construction on Navy Green started in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed next year. When finished, it will include four multifamily high-rises and 23 single-family townhouses across a nearly full-block site ringed by Vanderbilt, Flushing and Clinton Avenues.

The Dunn Development Corporation, L and M Development Partners, and the Pratt Area Community Council played various roles in developing the project, which has market-rate condominiums and townhouses and affordable condos and rentals. The final pieces of the project under construction include a condo tower and rows of townhouses.

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