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Momentous Redevelopment Of The South Bronx’s Spofford Juvenile Detention Center Approved

By Sebastian Morris

Following a crucial vote by The New York City Council Committee on Land Use, a massive redevelopment proposal for the long-vacant Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the the South Bronx will officially move forward. The project is expected to have transformative effects on the surrounding Hunts Point neighborhood, and is the latest component of the city’s multi-billion dollar initiative to rejuvenate the South Bronx.

Dubbed “The Peninsula,” the development will incorporate no portion of the former detention center, but will instead introduce a new 840,000 square foot mixed-use complex comprised of 100% affordable housing, totaling 740 units. The Peninsula will also include 52,000 square feet of recreational and outdoor area, the expansion of a community educational facility, 48,000 square feet of small business incubator and co-working space, an 18,000 square foot health and wellness center, 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and 49,000 square feet of light industrial space.

The estimated project cost is pegged at $300 million with WXY Architecture + Urban Design and Body Lawson Associates at the helm for building and landscape design.

The joint proposal to redevelop the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center was introduced by Gilbane Development Company, the Hudson Companies, and the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) in October 2016.

Construction is expected to kick off this spring, and will unfold in three phases staggered between 2019 and 2024. Over the course of the site’s development, the project will support over 1,600 construction jobs, and will create nearly 200 permanent positions when fully complete.

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