More than a decade after it shuttered for good, the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center site in Hunts Point is poised for redevelopment as a sprawling affordable housing complex, reports the Bronx Times.
The complex, plagued by notoriously poor conditions over its more than five-decade lifespan, is set to be redeveloped into The Peninsula. Plans call for converting the five-acre site into 740 affordable homes, as well as a one-acre public plaza and a new supermarket.
Mayor Eric Adams, who was once briefly detained at the facility, has announced that the first component of the project on Tiffany Street will consist of a residential building featuring 183 affordable homes, a cultural arts center, and a studio for local artists.
The $121-million project will cater to households earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income, with 18 homes earmarked for formerly homeless persons. Plans also call for an early childhood education center, a community room, a fitness center, and a children's play area.
- The Bronx (Urbanize NYC)