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The Future of Spofford

Thoughts on The Future of Spofford Meeting held May 31, 2017:

People will live and work in new buildings in Hunts Point where the deplorable Spofford Detention Center used to be. If the developers hold to their promises 50% of the people who move in will be current Hunts Point residents and all the residents will income qualify under 100K insuring the project remains representative of the community’s low and middle-income families. 775 Full-time jobs will be created and Hunts Point residents will have the first crack at those jobs. There will be 1665 construction jobs and there will be training programs supported by local programs that assist in everything for how to tie a tie to union level training. The project will be completed in three phases and the current daycare center will get new facilities as well as the community health care center. With 800 new units of housing, a lot of folks can be accommodated without GENTRIFICATION.

Or so the story goes. The critical element here is FULLFILMENT. If everything goes as planned, what was proposed will be. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. So, what’s critical is not fulfillment, but watching for where the train might go off the tracks and making sure it doesn’t. We always talk about things being the “model” of this or that. Here’s an opportunity to watch the proposed “model” unfold in our backyard. Let’s keep our eyes and ears open and our whistles handy.

 

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