It’s official: City vows to close Rikers

TRD New York TRD WEEKEND EDITION /
Apr.April 02, 2017 09:00 AM

Mayor de Blasio vowed yesterday at a news conference in the City Hall rotunda to close Rikers Island within a decade. However, it is yet unclear what will take its place.

“Anyone who’s concerned — first of all, they should know there’s no specific plan in place for any specific neighborhood or any specific size facility,” de Blasio said, regarding those concerned about new prisons opening near their home. “And if anything started to even be considered, it will trigger a very open, public process — the results of which are not a foregone conclusion.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that she was open to a new jail in her district, which includes East Harlem and the South Bronx, according to the New York Post.

Developers and investors have been eagerly awaiting an announcement regarding the prison. Rikers represent a major and one of a kind redevelopment opportunity. Thus far, real estate players and urban planners have floated ideas including a new residential village, a massive public park and an expansion of nearby La Guardia airport onto the island.  [NYP]Christopher Cameron

 
 

Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
City Council member Costa Constantinides and Rikers Island (Constantinides by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews — but just for Rikers

Councilman: Resume land-use reviews — but just for Rikers
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rikers Island (Credit: Getty Images)

Real estate development not coming to Rikers Island, mayor says

Real estate development not coming to Rikers Island, mayor says
Steve Morriss, AECOM's Group President of Design and Consulting Services in the Americas, and Riker's Island (Credit: Wikipedia)

City taps AECOM to lead replacement
of Rikers

City taps AECOM to lead replacement
of Rikers
The city is scrapping plans for a new 40-story lower Manhattan jail

The city is scrapping plans for a new 40-story lower Manhattan jail

The city is scrapping plans for a new 40-story lower Manhattan jail
City considers opening new jail downtown

City considers opening new jail downtown

City considers opening new jail downtown
City struggles to find a site in the Bronx for jail development 

City struggles to find a site in the Bronx for jail development 

City struggles to find a site in the Bronx for jail development 
Rikers Island

Could Rikers Island be NYC’s next big real estate opportunity?

Could Rikers Island be NYC’s next big real estate opportunity?
Rikers Island

Real estate industry weighs in on the future of Rikers

Real estate industry weighs in on the future of Rikers
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...