The Peninsula, a collaboration between Gilbane Development Company, Hudson Companies and MHANY Management Inc. was selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to transform the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx’s Hunts Point community into a new mixed-use residential, retail, and light manufacturing site.
The development will create approximately 740 units of affordable housing, over 54,000 square feet of open recreational space, 49,000 square feet of light industrial space, 48,000 square feet of community facility space including artist workspace, and 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail and commercial space. 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 development team has retained KK&P to develop a comprehensive food production program for Building 1A (57,000 sf) in the Peninsula site, which includes an analysis of operational considerations of the mixed-use building, setting the size and layout of food manufacturing and retail spaces, and working with kitchen facility consultants on utility requirements, equipment lists, and layouts. KK&P is also providing technical assistance as necessary to prospective tenants of Building 1A in order to refine their business plans, determine funding requirements and sources, and assist with required regulatory and grant applications.
Due to the complex mix of considerations in this development project, KK&P has added Hugh Boyd, principal of Hugh Boyd Architects, a specialist in food wholesale, retail, and restaurant architecture, and a frequent collaborator to our team. Hugh brings unparalleled expertise in the nuts-and-bolts of food production space design, as well as significant general experience in programming public food market and halls. Along with Hugh, KK&P has so far determined the layout for, and infrastructural needs of, Building 1A and begun the process of developing business plans with the selected tenants. We anticipate that the Peninsula project will bring a site of uncommon quality, thoughtfulness, and value for food production, food retail, and business development to the Hunt’s Point community.