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December 16, 2018

NYC plan for massive new jail in lower Manhattan nixed over problems relocating tenants

November 28, 2018
Web stock, The Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building at 80 Centre Street. New York , NY July 28, 2018 (Kevin C. Downs/For New York Daily News) (Kevin C Downs for New York Daily News)

The city’s controversial plan to pile a massive new jail facility atop a lower Manhattan building has officially been nixed, the Daily News has learned.

City officials told The News on Wednesday that the deal has been dropped — mainly over difficulties relocating all the existing tenants inside 80 Centre St., which houses state offices and is used as the city’s marriage license bureau.




Mayor de Blasio’s administration had pinpointed it as the perfect location for a high-rise detention center as part of a sweeping plan to close Rikers Island.

The block-long building adjacent to Foley Square was going to be totally gutted as part of the overhaul.

The historic nine-story art-deco structure was going to serve as a base for a much bigger building that could reach 40 stories.

But the proposal almost immediately got community push back — even with the promise of possible affordable housing apartments being part of the deal.

The city focused on 80 Centre St. after dropping an earlier plan to expand its existing lower Manhattan jail, the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs. That complex on 125 White St. was too small, officials realized.

The rush for new jails is part of De Blasio’s plan to shut down the violence plagued Rikers Island complex, which holds the city’s largest inmate population.

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