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 $300 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.
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.
WOW! 75 units for the homeless. At this rate we should have them all housed by 3026.