NYC Awards $7 billion for Bronx, Queens jail replacements

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New York Construction Report staff writer

New York City has announced two construction contracts totalling more than $7 billion for jail replacement projects.

Leon De DeMattis was awarded the $3.9-billion Queens jail project, and Transformative Reform Group, led by SLSCO and Sciame, was awarded the $2.9-billion Bronx facility.

Both projects will be managed by the Dept. of Design and Construction and are expected to be completed in 2031.

The new Queens jail, overseen by the city Department of Design and Construction, will cost at least $3.9 billion, while the new Bronx facility will cost at least $2.9 billion, notices published in the City Record state.

It will be built on the site of the current Queens Detention Center at 126-02 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens will have dedicated space for on-site services and programming, indoor and outdoor recreation, food services, staff offices and facilities, amenities, and a secured entry (sally port), 886 beds, including 126 for all women and gender expansive individuals. There will also be 25,000 sq. ft. of community space in the cellar, first and second floors of the garage.

The new Bronx jail, at 745 E. 141st St. in Mott Haven, has a duration in the contract of just under seven years.

The Bronx borough-based jail will be located at the site of the former Lincoln Hospital and NYPD compound at 745 E 141st Street, with space for on-site services and programming, indoor and outdoor recreation, food services, staff offices and facilities, amenities, below grade accessory parking, and a secured entry (sally port).

There will be 886 beds for men and 30,000 sq. ft. of community space on the ground floor. The western portion of the facility can eventually be rezoned into a special, mixed-use district which will permit the development of a mixed-use building.

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