​​​A mix of commercial/industrial uses will anchor the campus of The Peninsula, with a concentration of businesses in food and beverage manufacturing, film production, and the creative sector.  Tenants will include a state-of-the art film and television studio, a local craft brewery and event space, a consumer bank and small business lender, a local catering company serving Hunts Points businesses and beyond, a wholesale bread baker, and more. 

Ground floor food manufacturing will activate the Tiffany Street/Spofford Avenue corner, while also consolidating truck loading/unloading on Tiffany in a single commercial zone that aligns with current truck routes.

The development plan supports living wage job creation, as well as business incubation in emerging sectors

The Tiffany/Spofford Food Cluster will include*:

  • Il Forno Bakery: Il Forno is an MBE family-owned wholesale specialty bakery located in Hunts Point that supplies artisanal bread to grocery stores and restaurants throughout New York City.
  • Bascom Catering:  Bascom is a Hunts Point-based MBE catering company and restaurant currently operating out of The Point CDC’s incubator.

A Media Production cluster will feature*:  

  • Lightbox-NY: Lightbox is a daylight film, photography and music video studio, currently located in the American Banknote Building that is seeking to expand to meet growing demand for production space in NYC.  The Peninsula site plan includes a 18,000 sq. ft. production space for firm.

Prospective Retail Tenants include*:

  • Spring Bank: Spring Bank is a federally-designated Community Development Financial Institution that established its first branch in the South Bronx in 2007.  Spring is the first bank to establish its headquarters in the borough in over 30 years and the only B-Corp certified financial institution in New York State   No bank has ever opened a branch in the Hunts Point residential community and low-income residents of the broader area are especially under-banked.  It is Spring Bank’s mission to bring banking services to such profoundly underserved areas. 
  • Super Fi Supermarket:  A new 10,000 square foot grocery store operated by Super Fi Emporium will be located in the base of the residential building on Spofford Avenue. This location will also serve the existing residential neighborhood to the south and east of the site.

*NOTE: Tenants are subject to change.

The Peninsula seeks to:

  • Incubate, support, and sustain innovative food manufacturing, media production, and commercial/retail uses that spring from growing sectors in the South Bronx economy and create high-quality, living wage, and career-oriented jobs;
  • Create new residential units by promoting mixed use, mixed income communities, anchored by affordable housing consistent with the Administration’s Housing New York plan, which impacts half-a-million low-income to middle-class New Yorkers.
  • Forge and expand connections to new and existing community services and amenities within the development and neighborhood beyond through an imaginative design and a carefully conceived and community-driven site plan.

Health and Wellness

Affordable Housing

New housing at The Peninsula will serve and support a diverse community with a range of amenities and communal outdoor spaces to promote networking and interaction among neighbors within the development and the larger Hunts Point area. The unit mix for The Peninsula includes a wide range of unit sizes and affordability.

About The Peninsula

Community-driven, Community-focused

The Peninsula is a dramatic re-imagining of the former Spofford Youth Detention Facility into a vibrant, mixed-use campus and artisanal food manufacturing cluster, featuring a health and wellness center, fresh food grocer, new film production studio, affordable housing for the Hunts Point neighborhood, and a live-work community for the South Bronx tech and creative sectors. 

The Peninsula is comprised of a 5 building, 3 phase project that includes:

  • 740 units of 100% affordable housing
  • At least 52,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space
  • 50,000 square feet of light industrial space
  • 53,500 square feet of community facility space (including the ACS day care facility to be relocated into a new expanded 15,000 SF space with a 5,000 SF private outdoor play area
  • 15,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 260 parking spaces

Urban Health Plan, a lead community sponsor of The Peninsula, plans to provide quality primary and specialty health care services and offer a wellness program informed by physical activity, nutritional counseling, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques.   Encouraging a culture of wellness by engaging tenants and their families in a menu of wellness activities and special events to promote physical activity and healthy eating is a goal of the development team and its partners.  Principal elements of the planned Health and Wellness cluster include:

  • 16,000 square foot Health & Wellness Center operated by Urban Health Plan located near the corner of Manida Street and Spofford Avenue that will also serve as the designated place of employment for young professionals entering the health technology field.
  • An interior public plaza and open event space to provide a formal gathering area for networking events, film screenings, concerts, hackathons, ceremonies, and other flexible programming events to support the cultural and business incubation activity taking place on site and within the community. 
  • The Peninsula not only achieves the Housing New York’s policy goal of “increasing residential units by promoting mixed use, mixed income communities anchored by affordable housing” but specifically responds to local needs and targets key demographic groups that are currently underserved by the local housing market
  • The plan creates distinct buildings or communities within The Peninsula campus that provide larger units for families as well as studio and 1-bedroom smaller households who are emerging as key drivers of the city’s economy.
  • The Peninsula seeks to embed meaningful living wage jobs in a carefully planned mixed-use community.  "From the community, for the community."
  • The plan for The Peninsula meets neighborhood affordable housing imperatives while achieving a density appropriate for the Hunts Point residential community.

The Peninsula seeks to engage a broad and diverse group of long-time community stakeholders, including local businesses, community-based organizations, artists, tech workers, and educators, to collaboratively craft a project that leverages local assets already in place, celebrates the life and cultures of Hunts Point, and strengthens growing sectors of the local economy.  

Living Wage Job Creation

Employment Opportunities and MWBE

The project development team has committed to a 35% MWBE goal. Additionally, the development team will participate in HireNYC, a free NYCEDC program that connects the City's workforce development services to various projects. HireNYC focuses on permanent jobs and retaining a portion of those hires.  

Education and Job Training Resources

The Peninsula campus will also offer community development and education resources through a higher-education space, and a new and expanded Day Care Program space.  The campus will include:

  • New 15,000 square foot indoor space for and ACS daycare program with a dedicated playground space outside.
  • 5,000 square foot higher education space featuring programming to prepare students for living wage employment