NYCEDC Issues Request for Proposals for Atlantic Basin
New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is requesting proposals for the development and operation of a marina in Atlantic Basin, a 17-acre protected body of water formed by Piers 10, 11 and 12 on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The development site, available for lease from the City, includes approximately 600,000 square feet in the marine basin and about 250,000 square feet at the northern end of Pier 11. Uses will include a marina and maritime support services, such as marine repair and refit. Boat sales, dry dock storage and fueling facilities may also be included. Preference will be given to proposals that maximize public access to Atlantic Basin and improve the waterfront experience for visitors and residents, as well as those that include an integrated job apprenticeship or vocational training program for local residents. The Request for Proposals (RFP) follows a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) issued by EDC in June 2006.
“The positive responses to our earlier RFEI reinforced our confidence in the potential for a variety of maritime uses for this portion of the Red Hook waterfront and we are excited about the possibilities for it,” said EDC Interim President Joshua J. Sirefman. “We are looking for maritime support and services that will complement our vision for maritime cargo and cruise uses in the area that will serve the surrounding community and reflect the historically maritime industrial character of the neighborhood.”
The RFP offers a unique opportunity for the development of a marina facility to serve the needs of small craft maritime users while sustaining the strong maritime heritage of the Red Hook community and creating skilled maritime jobs. A number of other initiatives are underway along the Brooklyn waterfront, including the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a new 80-acre public park that will run from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. The new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Pier 12 recently completed its first season welcoming more than 40 ship calls and thousands of visitors to Brooklyn. In addition, a planning effort is ongoing for the entirety of Piers 7 through 12 in anticipation of the City’s acquisition of the total property in 2007 for redevelopment for industrial, maritime cargo and passenger uses. A second cruise terminal is envisioned for Pier 10.
These projects will complement development activity on Governors Island, just across the Buttermilk Channel from Atlantic Basin, and on Manhattan’s East River waterfront to form a new “Harbor District” within New York City.
EDC will use a variety of criteria to evaluate proposals, including: ·
- Consistency with objectives as delineated in the RFP ·
- Relationship with Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and surrounding community ·
- Development team qualifications ·
- Economic impact on New York City ·
- Financial feasibility ·
- Land use and design
Proposals should also include a M/WBE and Local Hiring Utilization Plan, as well as a Green Building Plan to maximize the sustainable performance of the development.
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. EDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. EDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.