Demolition is underway on the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in Hunts Point community to make way for a new affordable housing development.
The Peninsula, a five-acre, mixed-use development, will deliver 740 units of 100 percent affordable housing, 52,000 s/f of open space, 50,000 s/f of industrial space, 20,000 s/f of commercial space, and over 50,000 s/f of community facility space.
The development is expected to create nearly 1,000 construction jobs and over 300 permanent jobs.
“This demolition ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Mothers on the Move and others in the Hunts Pont community who successfully campaigned to close the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center and helped create a new vision for the site,” said Gilbane Development Company chairman and founder Bob Gilbane.
“Along with our development partners Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY) and Hudson Companies, our community sponsors Urban Health Plan and The Point Community Development Corporation, Gilbane Development Company is pleased to mark the occasion. We look forward to continued collaboration with all involved to date as we build the Peninsula and bring new jobs, affordable housing, open space, day care, arts, retail and manufacturing spaces to the neighborhood.”
The former facility was in operation for more than 50 years before it closed in 2011.
Development of the Peninsula will occur in three phases, with construction expected to start in winter of 2019 and be completed in 2024. EDC anticipates closing on the first phase in December 2018.
Additionally, the development team will participate in HireNYC, a free NYCEDC program that connects the City’s workforce development services to various projects.