City seeks developer to convert Bronx jail to affordable housing

Former home of Spofford Youth Detention Center offers 207K sf

TRD New York /
Jun.June 25, 2015 02:15 PM

The New York City Economic Development Corp. is seeking proposals for conversion of the former Spofford Youth Detention Center, a shuttered Bronx juvenile jail with a rough reputation.

Officials have said an ideal proposal would combine affordable housing and opportunities for jobs in the community, DNAinfo reported. The detention center has been closed since 2011.

The site is located in the Hunts Point neighborhood on about 207,000 square feet of land.

“For years, the Hunts Point community has sought a vibrant, progressive use for the Spofford Campus,” said NYCEDC Interim President Kim Vaccari, “and we look forward to examining proposals that advance the Mayor’s affordable housing goals and create new live/work opportunities in the Bronx.”

Proposals must also include a way to relocate or redevelop an existing Head Start program that is located on the premises.

The city has said that anyone is welcome to submit a proposal by October. The site could be used for anything from manufacturing to a cultural facility.

Spofford gained its bad reputation after a 2004 report revealed that inmates were served food infested with roaches and both physically and verbally harassed by staff.

Development in the Bronx has been booming this year, with over 1 million square feet of new space indicated in permit applications so far this year. [DNAinfo] — Tess Hofmann


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congressman Jerry Nadler and Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Credit: Getty Images, Google Maps)

Pols pounce as city caves in on Sunset Park property

Pols pounce as city caves in on Sunset Park property
Liberty View Plaza at 850 3rd Avenue and Marvin Schein (inset) (Photo by Axel Dupeux)

City lets Salmar bring office tenants to Brooklyn industrial property

City lets Salmar bring office tenants to Brooklyn industrial property
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sunnyside Yard (Credit: Getty Images, iStock, and SunnySideYard)

Progressives opposing Queens development target AOC

Progressives opposing Queens development target AOC
Innovo continues expansion with sublease of massive industrial site in the Bronx

Innovo continues expansion with sublease of massive industrial site in the Bronx

Innovo continues expansion with sublease of massive industrial site in the Bronx
Lights, camera, development: City issues RFP for film studio in Sunset Park

Lights, camera, development: City issues RFP for film studio in Sunset Park

Lights, camera, development: City issues RFP for film studio in Sunset Park
Marisa Lago and East Harlem (Photo Credit: NYC.gov and iStock)

EDC has spent half of its $700M rezoning fund money on just four neighborhoods

EDC has spent half of its $700M rezoning fund money on just four neighborhoods
Day in the life of: James Patchett

Day in the life of: James Patchett

Day in the life of: James Patchett
City moves forward with Sunnyside Yard development plans

City moves forward with Sunnyside Yard development plans

City moves forward with Sunnyside Yard development plans
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...