News Proposed jail in Mott Haven gets unanimous 'no' vote from Community Board 1 Opponents of the plan, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., have said they would rather see a mixed-income housing development built on the lot. A proposed jail site in Mott Haven, opposed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., center, was voted down by Community Board 1 on Thursday. Photo Credit: Rajvi Desai By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Updated May 24, 2019 1:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Bronx Community Board 1 voted unanimously on Thursday against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build a jail at the site of an NYPD tow impound lot in Mott Haven. The jail, one of four borough-based facilities proposed to replace Rikers Island and three other jails, has been met with resistance from the community and its leaders since it was introduced last year. De Blasio's plan also includes smaller jails to be built in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. “Community Board 1 has reiterated the message that so many of us have made from the day the administration announced its plan: Mott Haven is the wrong site for a new jail,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said in a statement after the vote. “Rikers Island must be closed, but the city cannot ignore community input and steamroll neighborhoods through the land-use process in order to do so.” A spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice said they are grateful to all the community members who attended the vote Thursday evening. "It is clear that the Bronx community shares our fundamental goal to close Rikers, and we will continue to take their input seriously as we work together to build a smaller, safer, fairer justice system," the spokeswoman said. Opponents of the plan have said they would rather see a mixed-income housing development built on the lot, and Diaz has proposed an alternative jail site located next to the Bronx Hall of Justice that he said is “much more appropriate.” “The city has proposed to reconstruct existing facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn to make their neighborhood jail plan work. There is no reason they cannot follow the same development path and repurpose the outmoded Family Court site and surrounding vacant space to build a jail in the Bronx,” Diaz added. The community board’s vote is the first of several steps in the land use approval process for the jail to be built. Diaz will next weigh in on the project, but both the community board and borough president play advisory roles; regardless of their votes the proposal moves on to the City Planning Commission. If the commission approves the proposal, it will go to the City Council for a final vote. By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Borough-based jails plan clears another hurdleThe mayor's answer to shuttering Rikers has been met with concerns from elected officials and community groups citing a lack of discussion with the impacted neighborhoods. Bronx borough prez urges city to pause plan for jailHe says the city has not seriously considered community feedback on the proposals. Jails to replace Rikers will have retail, community spacesEvery borough would have a roughly 1,510-bed jail, except Staten Island, city officials said. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.