NYCEDC And HPD Release RFEI To Develop And Strengthen Lower Concourse North
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the Department of Housing and Preservation (HPD), is releasing a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the long-term lease and redevelopment of an approximately 158,000 square foot site along the Harlem River in the South Bronx. The site is currently vacant and represents a unique opportunity to create an iconic gateway for the southwest Bronx, connect residents to the Harlem River waterfront, and support the growth of the Lower Concourse neighborhood. The full RFEI is available here.
Lower Concourse North is conveniently located near the 2, 4 & 5 trains at 149th Street and Grand Concourse, a major corridor in the South Bronx community that is home to key institutions like Hostos Community College and Lincoln Hospital. The Lower Concourse North site, adjacent to the 145th Street Bridge connecting Manhattan and the Bronx, is also located across from the Bronx Terminal Market shopping mall, just south of Yankee Stadium, and overlooks the picturesque Harlem River. Redeveloping Lower Concourse North provides opportunities to expand access to the adjoining Mill Pond Park, which was completed by NYCEDC in 2009.
The City seeks RFEI responses that include a mixed-income affordable housing project that will include a commercial/community facility program and publicly accessible open space, which will encourage pedestrian activity and neighborhood connectivity.
“As our city experiences record population growth, we need to strengthen neighborhoods in ways that truly benefit New Yorkers of all backgrounds throughout the five boroughs,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “This RFEI in the Lower Concourse will create new affordable housing options, amenities, and services along the Harlem River, giving residents of the South Bronx much-needed access to their waterfront. We look forward to working with our partners Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Borough President Diaz, Jr. and Community Board 4 to move this project forward.”
“This partnership with EDC will result in the revitalization of the Lower Concourse North area, and create much needed new affordable housing and economic opportunities for Bronx residents. We encourage creative and thoughtful development proposals and look forward to celebrating the start and completion of this very important project,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been.
“The redevelopment of Lower Concourse North is a critical part of the City’s efforts to make much-needed investments in housing and infrastructure in the South Bronx,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Residents of this community deserve the tools and resources to create vibrant, livable neighborhoods, including affordable housing, open space, community facilities and diverse economic opportunities. I look forward to working with the City, residents and stakeholders to ensure robust community input into the development of this key site.”
"The redevelopment of Lower Concourse North is an extraordinary economic development opportunity that will facilitate jobs, affordable housing, open space, commercial/community facility space and waterfront access. We look forward to working closely with NYCEDC and the City in creating a vision for this site that will enhance and benefit the district,” said Paul A. Philps, District Manager of the Bronx’s Community Board 4.
Redevelopment of the site is part of Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to investing nearly $200 million in the South Bronx in order to establish connectivity along the Harlem River waterfront, create affordable housing, build new infrastructure, strengthen the shoreline and create commercial and community facilities that provide amenities and services to the surrounding neighborhood.
This project has M/WBE participation goals, and all respondents will be required to submit an M/WBE Participation Proposal with their response. To learn more about NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe.
Responses to the RFEI will be due on October 11, 2016. An optional information session will be held on August 1, 2016. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to [email protected] on or before Thursday, July 28, 2016.
The RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor, New York, NY (between Fulton & John Streets). To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit www.nycedc.com/RFP.
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. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/nychousing and www.twitter.com/nychousing.
About NYCEDC’s Kick Start Loan Program
NYCEDC established the Kick Start Loan programs for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/W/DBE) interested in working on public construction projects. Kick Start Loans facilitates financing for short-term mobilization needs such as insurance, labor, supplies and equipment. Bidders/subcontractors are strongly encouraged to visit the NYCEDC website at www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe to learn more about the program.