Group holds Spofford redesign competition

A Bronx group is holding an open competition for the community to redesign the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center.



The center was closed in March 2011 and its unclear what the Department of Housing Preservation and Development wants to do with it. Hometown Security Laboratories, a nonprofit group affiliated with Majora Carter Group, says residents should have a say in the process.



The competition is broken down into three different categories including architecture, urban design and economic development.



Organizers of the competition say its goal is to let the city know that the community wants to be involved in the process.



HPD says the competition is an independent project and is not affiliated with the city's processes or evaluations with regard to the site. A spokesperson also says it will engage the community throughout the process.



 


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