Ramon Eduardo, President and CEO, Il Forno Bakery
“Gilbane Development Company is pleased to invest in the Hunts Point neighborhood by partnering with NYCEDC to offer New Yorkers a vibrant new community-driven centerpiece supporting both jobs and new affordable housing,” said Gilbane Development Company President Ed Broderick. “Along with our development partners Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY) and Hudson Companies, our community sponsors Urban Health Plan and The Point Community Development Corporation, and numerous community-based leaders and partners, we look forward to making the vision for The Peninsula a reality.”
Ed Broderick, President, Gilbane Development Company
"The symbolism behind tearing down a Juvenile Detention Center and replacing it with affordable housing, locally-owned manufacturing and retail space and a highly-revered health center is not lost on the Peninsula Development Team. We applaud Mayor de Blasio and his administration for their leadership in showing Hunts Point that the City is investing in its future and economic development will bear fruit with expanded opportunities for area residents and businesses. Hudson is honored to be working with Gilbane Development Company, MHANY, Urban Health Plan, The Point CDC and the City of New York on this transformative development in Hunts Point. We look forward to working with all our partners as well as community leaders and elected officials to start this new chapter of the Hunts Point neighborhood.”
Aaron Koffman, Principal, The Hudson Companies, Inc.
“The Peninsula development provides a unique opportunity to bring community, housing and economic development together in a unique and vital way. The planning, development and final product have been designed and created with the community resident involvement in an effort to get the layout of the project, the commercial and industrial uses and the apartment and living space “right” in such a way that reflects what the community wants and addresses what the community needs. MHANY is thrilled that our work in Hunts Point beginning in 2008 has an opportunity to grow into something so community based and comprehensive.”
Ismene Speliotis, Executive Director, MHANY Management Inc.
“Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is excited to be a part of such an innovative project, one that will improve the lives of South Bronx residents through increased access to fresh, wholesome foods, health and wellness programs, and affordable housing. It is this kind of inclusive development: one that brings together various community partners all committed to serving the greater good, which ensures the South Bronx community continues to thrive and remain the vibrant beacon of history, culture, progress and hope that it is."
Haydee Morales, Executive Director, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
"We here at Bascom Catering & Events are very excited to be a part of this much needed project in the Hunts Point area. We look forward to mentoring the youth and training the adults in our area with our culinary programs, ensuring that the people of Hunts Point get a chance to compete for great jobs in a growing industry. We also anticipate sharing our services with the project's community partners by offering jobs, affordable, healthy food, and our knowledge in this field. We look forward to launching the partnership and creating a better Hunts Point. It's a good day for us and a brighter day for New York."
Kelston Bascom, President, Bascom Catering and Events
"We are thrilled to be part of The Peninsula project. We have seen increased demand from local youth, parents and agencies to spread digital media and technology education to the Hunts Point peninsula and throughout the borough of the Bronx and The Peninsula will help us host more coding programs in the community to meet that demand."
Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder & CEO, The Knowledge House
“Spring Bank applauds the city for its choice of The Peninsula project for the redevelopment of the Spofford Youth Detention Facility in the South Bronx. The Peninsula is a plan that aligns with the bank’s mission to improve the economic well-being of our community. As the first bank to headquarter in the South Bronx in over 30 years, we appreciate the challenges faced by many Bronxites in accessing affordable banking products and services. The Peninsula location can provide the bank with an important opportunity to reach more unbanked and underbanked consumers. Spring Bank is a federally-designated Community Development Financial Institution that established its first branch in the South Bronx in 2007 and is the first and only B-Corp certified bank in New York.”
Demetris Giannoulias, Founder and Chairman, Spring Bank
"On behalf of the staff and management of SuperFi Emporium, I congratulate the Hunts Point community on this great step forward in transforming the Spofford Youth House campus to a new mixed-use community, anchored by much needed affordable housing. SuperFi was thrilled to participate in the planning of this project and we are excited about bringing our fresh and wholesome food model to a community that lacks meaningful access to healthy foods."
Anthony Reynoso, General Manager, SuperFi Emporium
"The team at Il Forno Bakery is so pleased to learn that the Spofford detention facility will be remade into a new hub for affordable housing, food manufacturing, education, and health care. We were proud to take part in the planning process for this visionary project and will be even prouder to open a new manufacturing space for Il Forno at The Peninsula. As a Hunts Point-based business and employers of a largely South Bronx-based workforce, we are thrilled that this project will unfold in our backyard; as makers of the finest artisanal bread in New York, Il Forno and our 47 employees are excited to join a community of other like-minded food manufacturers who are slated to become part of The Peninsula."
Ramon Eduardo, President and CEO, Il Forno Bakery