The Manhattan Site Project consists of Design-Build services for a fully functional, operational, and easily maintainable facility to meet all programmatic requirements.
The Manhattan Site will be located at the site of the current Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC) at 124-125 White Street in lower Manhattan. The facility will dedicate space for on-site services and programming, recreation, food services, staff offices and facilities, amenities, and a secured entry (sally port).
The new facility will contain 886 beds and provide 125 accessory parking spaces below grade for Department of Correction (DOC) staff and other service providers. In addition, the facility will provide 20,000 sq. ft. of community and commercial space on the ground floor.
The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is awarding two separate Design-Build contracts – one for the new facility and one for the dismantle and sally port project required to prepare the site and facilitate NYC Department of Correction’s transfers for court appearances during construction.
The City’s overarching goals for all component projects undertaken as part of the Borough-Based Jails Program (BBJ Program), including new detention facilities and Early Works, such as dismantle and swing space projects, are described below.
The City aims to create a dignified, safe, and healthy environment for all individuals within these Sites – including people in custody, staff, visitors, and service providers – conducive to justice in every sense of the word. This approach is grounded in an understanding of the context and continuity of people’s lives, on the importance of supportive services such as health care and education, and on the need to reintegrate individuals released from custody into their communities upon release.
These Sites should be designed to support the communities within and in the surrounding communities – including people in custody, staff, service providers, and visitors, – to enhance the network of support available to individuals in custody and help reintegrate them into their neighborhoods upon release.
These Sites should serve as resources and assets for all New Yorkers, exemplifying outstanding public architecture that contributes to a sense of place while celebrating and contributing to the unique character, history, and culture of surrounding communities. No longer isolated and out of sight, these new jails must be understood as significant civic institutions, as much a part of the city’s life as libraries, fire houses, and schools.
These Sites should be designed to stand the test of time, performing optimally over and beyond the course of their 50-year life span as enduring community assets aligned with the goals of the City’s OneNYC 2050 Strategic Plan.
The Manhattan Detention Site Project replaces the current Manhattan Detention Center with a more modern facility
The Manhattan Detention Site will be located at 124-125 White Street
The Manhattan Detention Site Project aims to be completed by 2027
Building the new facility is part of the borough-based jail system which aims to create a smaller, safer, and fairer system by incarcerating less people and building modern facilities