The Peninsula Development Team, led by Gilbane Development Company along with Hudson Companies and Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), was selected by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to transform the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx’s Hunts Point community into a 5-acre campus featuring 100% affordable housing, good jobs, and recreational space.
The $300 million project will create approximately:
- 740 units of 100% affordable housing
- 52,000 square feet of open/recreational space that includes a new public plaza
- 49,000 square feet of light industrial space
- 48,000 square feet of community facility space (includes artist workspace)
- 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail/commercial space
The development team is working closely with long-time community stakeholders and operators, including The Point Community Development Corporation, Urban Health Plan, Sustainable South Bronx, The Knowledge House, Casita Maria, Rocking the Boat, and BronxWorks.
Development of The Peninsula will occur in 3 phases, with phase I to be completed in 2021, phase II to be completed in 2022 and anticipated completion of phase III in 2024. The project is expected to create 177 permanent jobs and more than 1,600 temporary construction jobs, and the selected development team has committed to a 35% MWBE goal. Additionally, the development team will participate in HireNYC, a free NYCEDC program that connects the City’s workforce development services to various projects.
Development of The Peninsula builds on Mayor de Blasio’s goals outlined in his Housing New York plan which addresses the City’s housing affordability crisis, which impacts half-a-million low income to middle class New Yorkers, by building or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing by promoting mixed-use, mixed-income and healthy communities.
The Peninsula is comprised of a 5 building, 3 phase project that will provide 100% affordable housing for a diverse range of New Yorkers; from students to seniors to families. The expansive campus includes a mix of commercial and industrial businesses that will anchor The Peninsula, as well as a health and wellness center and educational and job training programs.
Many of the anticipated retail, commercial and industrial tenants are Bronx-based organizations operating in and around the Hunts Point area that include Il Forno Bakery, Soul Snacks, Bascom Catering, Mass Ideation, Hunts Point Brewing Company, Lightbox NY film studio, and space for a 15,000 square foot supermarket.
The Peninsula campus will offer community development and education resources through a higher-education space and incubator space. Specifically, the project will preserve and expand an on-site Head Start facility that will include a dedicated playground, provide higher-education space that features career-readiness programming, co-working space designated for small business incubation and technical assistance to local entrepreneurs.
Additionally, an 18,000 square foot health and wellness center operated by Urban Health Plan, a lead community sponsor of The Peninsula, will connect residents with quality primary and specialty health care services and employ emerging health-tech professionals.