Proposed Manhattan Jail Tower Sparks Heated Debate


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Welcome to the Elevator World News Podcast. This week’s news podcast is sponsored by PROPOSED MANHATTAN JAIL TOWER SPARKS HEATED DEBATE A proposed 45-story jail tower at 125 White Street in Lower Manhattan sparked heated debate during public hearings earlier this month, with Tribeca, Chinatown and Soho residents raising concerns including cost, shadows cast by the structure and a loss of history, The Architect's Newspaper reports. Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with four borough-based jails, the White Street structure would replace 13- and nine-story towers that make up the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs, which includes an Art Deco/Art Moderne tower. Together, the four new jails would cost roughly US$11 billion, while renovating Rikers, some tower opponents said, would cost only US$1 billion. Building a tower would result in larger inmate cells, better lighting and ventilation and additional programs. A de Blasio spokesman said Rikers, home to approximately 9,000 inmates, is "too archaic and old" to be renovated. Image credit: Beyond My Ken To read the full transcript of today's podcast, visit: Subscribe to the Podcast: iTune s│Google Play|SoundCloud│Stitcher│TuneIn

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