|Proposed Kew Gardens Jail to be 19 Stories, City Shortens Jail Ahead of Council Vote|
The size of the proposed new jail in Kew Gardens has been reduced yet again as the City Council prepares to vote on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to shut down Rikers Island and replace it with four borough-based jails by 2026. The proposed jail at 182-02 82nd Ave. will be reduced from 27 stories to 19 stories, according to Alacia Lauer, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office. The jail’s proposed height will now be reduced by 75 feet to 190 feet. The jail was originally slated to be 270 feet tall.
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