On Monday, November 4, 2019, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. participated in the groundbreaking of Phase One of The Peninsula, a project which will convert the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center into a vibrant, mixed-use development.
The former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center operated for more than 50 years before closing in 2011. Phase One of the new development is expected to be completed in 2021, and will include 56,000 square feet of industrial space, in addition to 183 units of affordable housing for extremely low-, very low-, and low-income New Yorkers.
“The re-imagining of Spofford, replacing the juvenile detention center with affordable housing, living wage jobs, day-care opportunities, health opportunities and retail, is a tremendous step forward for The Bronx, emblematic of the transformative changes we have seen in the borough since I took office,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
The Peninsula is a five-acre, mixed-use development that will deliver 740 units of affordable housing; approximately 52,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space; 56,000 square feet of light industrial space – including a kitchen step-up space for food business entrepreneurs; 53,500 square feet of community space, including a day care center, and artist workspace. The entire Peninsula project is expected to be completed by 2025.