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Mar 22, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx juvenile detention center to turn into affordable housing


A once-infamous juvenile detention center in the Bronx will be transformed into more than 700 units of affordable housing.


The City Council Thursday approved plans to turn the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in Hunts Point into a 0 million, 5-acre campus dubbed The Peninsula that will include 700 units of affordable housing, ground-floor retail, light industrial manufacturing space and other amenities.


“It’s a big day for justice in the Bronx. As we move to build more than 700 affordable homes, open space and small businesses in Hunts Point on the site of the old Spofford facility, we are seeing a community rising and the righting of old wrongs,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.


Spofford was a hulking concrete complex that was shuttered in 2011 after years of criminal justice activists urging its closure.

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Among the young people who had been incarcerated there was boxer Mike Tyson, who recalled his experiences there to New York Magazine.


“I had heard horror stories about Spofford. I was terrified. I had no idea what was going to go down in that place. But when I went to the cafeteria for breakfast, it was like a class reunion. ‘Chill,’ I said to myself. ‘All your boys are here,’” he told the magazine.


All 700 of the units will be income-restricted and the development will be mixed income — with apartments reserved for those making from 30% to 90% of the area median income, and 75 units set aside for formerly homeless people.


“The Spofford redevelopment project reflects the core of our mission: To create equitable economic growth for all New Yorkers,” New York City Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett said in a statement.

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The project passed 48-0.


“The Peninsula will be a transformative project for Hunts Point and the South Bronx, adding 100% affordable housing and new jobs while spurring economic growth through the creation of a vibrant hub for my community, “Councilman Rafael Salamanca, who represents the neighborhood, said in a statement.

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