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Mayor Plans 4 Community-Based Jails to Replace Rikers

A site at 320 Concord Ave. in The Bronx is one of four citywide that would house community-based jails proposed by the de Blasio administration. The proposal to renovate or construct the jails, which would include ground-floor retail as well as community space, advances the city’s plan to shut down Rikers Island.

“We’re taking a big step forward in the process of closing Rikers Island and creating a modern community-based jail system that is smaller, safer and fairer,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Now we can move full-steam ahead on the engagement and planning for our new facilities, so we can close Rikers as fast as possible.”

The plan envisions facilities that will be fully-integrated into the surrounding neighborhoods. It must go through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure timeline. The four sites have been consolidated into one ULURP application to expedite review.

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