Beach 21st Street Mixed-Use Development, Downtown Far Rockaway RFP

Submission Deadline
March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Be a part of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York affordable housing plan through a new development opportunity located in Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) are seeking proposals for the long-term ground lease and development of an approximately 42,500-square-foot-site (the Site) in the center of Downtown Far Rockaway. The highly visible Site is located less than a block from the A train, adjacent to a planned public plaza, and less than a mile from the beach. It is also above the 100-year and 500-year flood plains. 

The RFP presents an exciting opportunity to create a mixed-use development as one of the first steps in the comprehensive revitalization of Downtown Far Rockaway. You’ll be creating a dynamic project that activates the commercial heart of the district; providing the community with needed housing, services and amenities; and contributing to the evolution of the neighborhood.

Public investments totaling $90 million are already underway in Downtown Far Rockaway and, in February 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced the allocation of an additional $91 million to act on the vision shared by the community and laid out by the Downtown Far Rockaway Working Group. This represents a total commitment of more than $180 million to the neighborhood.

As one of many strategies in the Downtown Far Rockaway Roadmap For Action, NYCEDC is currently conducting the required environmental review and preparing an application for the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure to rezone the neighborhood, including the Site, to allow for a wider range of uses, strengthening existing commercial corridors and unlocking the potential for more vibrant, mixed-use development throughout the area. For further details, visit http://www.edc.nyc/FarRockaway.

NYCEDC plans to select a developer on the basis of factors stated in the RFP, which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, the proposal’s competitiveness with regard to the project goals, and financial feasibility.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/W/DBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to Beach21StreetRFP@edc.nyc For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at 212.312.3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Thursday, March 2, 2017, on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFP, available as of Wednesday, December 14, 2016. In addition to being able to download the document above, the RFP is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY 10038 (between Fulton & John streets). Responses are due no later than 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Please submit six (6) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy on USB flash drive of your proposal to:

NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY 10038
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Senior Vice President, Contracts.

Optional Information Session

Please find the date, time and location listed below. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to Beach21StreetRFP@edc.nyc by 5:00pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
NYCEDC, 110 William Street, NY, NY 10038, 6th Floor

This project has M/WBE participation goals, and all respondents will be required to submit a M/WBE Narrative Form with their response. To learn more about NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, visit www.edc.nyc/opportunitymwdbe. For the list of companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as M/WBE, please go to www.nyc.gov/buycertified.

NYCEDC established the Kick Start Loan programs for M/WBEs interested in working on public projects.  Kick Start Loans facilitates financing for short-term mobilization needs such as insurance, payroll, supplies and equipment. Bidders, sub-contractors and sub-consultants are strongly encouraged to visit the NYCEDC website at http://www.edc.nyc/opportunitymwdbe to learn more about the program.