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NYCEDC Issues Request for Qualifications for BAM Cultural District Landscape Services

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for landscape architectural design services for the BAM Cultural District Public Space and Streetscape project in Downtown Brooklyn. NYCEDC, in partnership with the Department of City Planning and the BAM Local Development Corporation, has prepared an overall development plan for the Cultural District that will enhance public spaces and streetscapes, improve connections within and through the area and help make the Cultural District an even more important destination in Brooklyn and the City.

“Creating great public places is an important component of our plan to transform the BAM Cultural District into an inviting center where visual, performing, media and other arts groups can create and present their work,” said NYCEDC Interim President Joshua J. Sirefman. “Innovative architectural and landscape design will enhance the district’s arts-related amenities, restaurants, retail components and distinctive open spaces to create a unique resource for the arts, local community, Brooklyn and all of New York City.”

Consultant services sought by NYCEDC involve four project areas: creation of a public plaza at the main entrance to the Cultural District on its South Site; streetscape improvements on various streets in the district; redesign of BAM Park; and design of a visual arts plaza on the district’s North Site.

When fully developed, the BAM Cultural District will include a mix of uses. The plan calls for affordable, desirable space that arts groups can either own or lease on a long-term basis and the creation of new arts-related education facilities, such as the Brooklyn Public Library’s planned Visual and Performing Arts Library. The area will also feature mixed-income residential units and retail amenities that will complement and augment the existing neighborhood’s retail mix and meet the needs of local residents, arts organizations and visitors.

Services of the landscape architect’s team will include surveys, conditions and geotechnical analysis, conceptual and schematic design, as well as design development and preparation of contract documents. The team must have expertise in urban planning and design, traffic planning, structural engineering, cost estimating and parking garage planning and design. The design period for the project is estimated to be 12 months.

For more information, or to request a copy of the RFQ, please go to www.nycedc.com/rfp. Responses are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 13, 2006.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC 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.

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