NYC Planning Commission hears impassioned opinions on Mott Haven jail site

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Dozens of Bronx residents showed up to a public hearing in Manhattan to voice their concerns over a proposed jail site in Mott Haven in the ongoing process to approve the borough-based jail system.

Bronx resident Arline Parks was one a of several showing passion at the podium Wednesday in opposing the potential Bronx jail site. Parks is the CEO of Diego Beekman Mutual Housing, which sits steps away from what would be the site at 320 Concord Ave.

As part of the land use process, the city's Planning Commission held a public hearing all day Wednesday. Parks says more than 75 people were there against the plan.

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The city committed to closing Rikers Island back in 2017 and lowering the jail population. The de Blasio administration then put forth the ideas of a smaller, borough-based jail system with modern facilities.

News 12 reached out to the mayor's office for a response to the many concerns the commission heard, but did not hear back.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. also testified before the commission, asking them to vote no and take some more time to get the plan right.

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