Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center Operator

Submission Deadline
December 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

The City of New York, through its Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCLA”), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) are seeking responses to a Request for Expressions of Interest (the “RFEI”)  from interested parties (“Respondents”) to operate an Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center (“IRPAC”) as a part of the Inwood NYC Neighborhood Planning Initiative (“Inwood NYC”). 

Inwood NYC is a comprehensive plan to ensure that Inwood remains an affordable, attractive neighborhood for working and immigrant families.  One of the priorities identified through this collaborative process was a need for IRPAC as a cultural center to support the artists and cultural organizations of Northern Manhattan. NYCEDC and DCLA jointly seek responses to the RFEI from nonprofit respondents for the operation of IRPAC. The selected operator(s) would work with the City to advise on the capital design and construction of the cultural facility and make a long-term commitment to operating the facility.

NYCEDC and DCLA plan to select one or more operators on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, the readiness of respondent to begin operation, financial capacity and plan, and respondent experience.

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 (MWBEs) 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 5:00 PM. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to [email protected]. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Wednesday, October 16, 2019, on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit www.nycedc.com/RFP. RESPONSES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 4:00 PM. on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Please submit two (2) hard copies and two (2) digital copies (on USB drives) of your expression of interest to:

NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th Floor - Mailroom, New York, NY  10006
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer, Contracts.

Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply.  To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. [Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Non-Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFEI.]