NEW YORK | 275 Atlantic Ave (BKDC) | 295 FT | 29 FLOORS

looks like the Civic Center in Manhattan isn’t the only place a highrise jail is planned.

Opponents of the proposal to raze the current 815-bed jail at 275 Atlantic Avenue and build a new 1,110-bed jail roughly eight times the size criticized the city for not first consulting with local community leaders before unveiling the proposal in August. It’s part of the city’s plan to close the nine remaining jails on scandal-plagued Rikers Island and move inmates to four borough-based facilities closer to their homes. In order for that to happen, the jail population must be reduced to 5,000 people. Currently, there are approximately 8,200 people who are awaiting trial or have been convicted at the jail complex.

Officials touted the new plan, which would also include retail and commercial space, as smaller, safer, and fairer than Rikers, calling it a “good neighbor” in promotional materials.

The new House of Detention would top out at 430 feet (roughly 40 stories), and would include community space on the groundfloor, and an underground parking garage.


Just have Annabelle Selldorf design it. She can reuse her terrible design for 21 East 12th Street.


Can’t you mean. I’ve been wondering how long that jail would last with downtown Brooklyn changing.


downsized to 295’. Across all 4 new jails, the target prison population will be 3,300 by 2026.