The $300 million development to replace Spofford in the Hunts Point section of The Bronx just got some new renderings although a little more less dramatic than the originals.
The Peninsula, designed by Gilbane Development Corporation and which is slated to be completed in three phases with a target completion date of 2024, will offer 740 “affordable” housing units spread across 5 buildings on 5 acres and will also include 52,000 square feet of open/green space, 49,000 square feet of light industrial space, 21,000 square feet dedicated to retail, and 48,000 square feet for community space use.
This development is a dramatic turnaround for the site which housed the notorious Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, a place filled with deplorable conditions.
It’s also being driving by some major names in the community including stakeholders like The Point Community Development Corporation, Urban Health Plan, Sustainable South Bronx, The Knowledge House, Casita Maria, Rocking the Boat, and BronxWorks to ensure that this development truly meets the needs of the community.
Urban Health Plan, one of the largest health care providers in South Bronx and is no stranger to the neighborhood, will be running an 18,000 square foot health and wellness center at The Peninsula.
As with any “affordable” housing development, there is always concerns as to who will be able to afford to live in such a space, will it be for existing residents who desperately need relief or will it house an influx of newer residents fleeing high rents in other parts of the city?
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