NEW YORK – The City of New York, through the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), is proposing to implement a borough-based jail system (the “proposed project”) as part of the City’s continued commitment to create a modern, humane and safe justice system. The proposed project would develop four new detention facilities to house individuals who are in the City’s correctional custody with one located in each of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. The sites under consideration consist of the following:
- Bronx Site—320 Concord Avenue
- Brooklyn Site—275 Atlantic Avenue
- Manhattan Site—80 Centre Street
- Queens Site—126-02 82nd Avenue
Each facility will contain approximately 1,500 beds in order for the City to meet the needed 6,000 beds to accommodate an average daily population of 5,000 people. Currently, existing borough-based facilities only have the combined operational capacity to house approximately 2,400 people.
The plans feature hundreds of parking spaces, community space and ground-floor retail as well as on-site support services. The proposal for the Bronx envisions rezoning the western portion of the site to facilitate the development of a residential building with potentially more than 200-units and ground floor retail.
The proposal will need to go through a public review – the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) – which includes hearings and recommendations by the local community board, borough president, the City Council and the City Planning Commission.