Mayor Heads to Chinatown Today to Discuss Revised Jail Plan (Privately)
Mayor de Blasio is headed to Chinatown this morning for a closed-door meeting to discuss the revised plans for a prison high-rise.
The private meet-and-greet with Councilwoman Margaret Chin and other “community stakeholders” follows on the heels of Hizzoner’s cancelation of plans to redevelop 80 Centre Street into a 430-foot glassy jail complex. Nixing this site was owed largely to purported problems relocating the main occupant, the city’s marriage bureau. That’s the party line, at least.
So, officials are instead revisiting the fate of the Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed The Tombs. That location at 125 White Street was previously deemed too small, but officials are now contemplating demolition and building a much larger facility.
On paper, this meeting appears to fulfill Chin’s charge last month that the mayor come to Chinatown to discuss plans in the neighborhood.
As previously reported, Mayor de Blasio is committed to closing Rikers Island and relocating operations to a decentralized “community-based” jail system over the next decade. His so-called “roadmap to closing Rikers” would construct new jail facilities throughout the five boroughs.
The meeting takes place today at 10:30am, American Legion Post 1291, 191 Canal Street.