City Approves $300 Million Redevelopment of Spofford in Hunts Point

Today, NYC City Council approved the rezoning which pushes forward the redevelopment of the old Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in Hunts Point.

Known as The Peninsula, the $300 million development will bring 740 units of on the 5 acre property and Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr, who’s the land use chair, was able to negotiate that the units which aren’t permanently affordable to remain below market-rate for 60 years.

The development will have 52,000 square feet of open space, a health and wellness run by Urban Health Plan, and 50,000 square feet of light industrial space.

Renderings by Gilbane Development Corporation

This is a perfect example of changing the land use of a lot for the greater good where once there was a jail there will now be a positive development for the area.

We must ask ourselves then, why is the city trying to build a jail in our overburdened communities then?

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