NYCEDC Announces Selection of Atlantis Management Group to Construct and Operate an Alternative Fuel Facility at Hunts Point in The Bronx
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the selection of Atlantis Management Group (AMG) to develop and operate a retail alternative fueling facility in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The facility will support and encourage the use of alternative fuels by trucks and other vehicles traveling within the City in order to reduce the negative impacts of diesel emissions on public health and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, a goal identified in PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. The $11 million facility will be the first ever retail alternative fueling station open to the public in New York City. AMG will lease a 128,000-square-foot city-owned parcel within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center for a term of 40 years with two six-year renewal options. The Site, located along Food Center Drive and Halleck Street, is surrounded by a variety of industrial food-related businesses within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, where over 115 wholesalers generate more than $3 billion in sales annually.
“This private sector investment in green infrastructure will help fuel the continued revitalization of the Hunts Point peninsula and the Bronx,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “The state-of-the-art facility will help reduce diesel emissions and dependency on fossil fuels across the City, while providing enhanced services to businesses within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center and cleaner air to the surrounding neighborhoods.”
More than 77,000 vehicles a day move through the Hunts Point peninsula, including 12,000 diesel trucks, consisting of both independent long-haul tractor trailer trucks as well as smaller delivery vehicles operated by businesses and retailers from throughout the region. The facility will offer a mix of alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, ethanol, and biodiesel, with every pump offering one or more type of alternative fuel, in addition to gas and diesel. It will also incorporate a maintenance facility to convert truck engines from burning conventional diesel fuel to using compressed natural gas, biodiesel and ethanol, which will support companies in making the transition to cleaner vehicles. AMG has also agreed to conduct a 10-year targeted marketing campaign to expand demand for and promote the use of alternative fuels in the five boroughs.
To eliminate the need for engine idling while drivers sleep or eat, the facility will offer 11 electrical outlets for trucks to plug into, also greatly reducing the impact of diesel emissions on public health and the environment. The project will also include a restaurant, truck wash facility and additional retail space. The developer is also applying for LEED certification.
The project will soon begin the City’s public land use review process. Upon receiving the necessary approvals, construction is expected to begin in late 2011 with a completion date set for 2013. The total cost of construction is expected to be $11 million.
“PlaNYC, our vision for a greener, greater, New York, sets the goal of achieving the cleanest air of any big city in America,” said Rohit T. Aggarwala, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. “This facility—the first of its kind in New York City—and the initiatives underway as part of PlaNYC will encourage drivers to use cleaner fuels while helping to bring cleaner air to the South Bronx and the rest of the city.”
“I am so pleased that the Bronx continues to lead our region in the adoption of clean fuels and clean fuel technologies,” said Congressman Serrano. “Since we began funding this effort with a grant of $320,000 in 2007, the journey has been long and difficult, but today we have learned that New York City’s first retail clean fuels station will become a reality in the near future. I applaud the City, NYCEDC, and the Borough President for their hard work and vision on this project and look forward to the day when our borough’s fleets are powered by renewable resources and clean green fuels.”
“The green revolution continues to grow across the world, and the Bronx continues to lead the charge. My office worked hard with Mayor Bloomberg, NYCEDC and other elected officials to make this project a reality, and I am always thrilled to see new, environmentally-friendly development and clean energy technologies take hold in the Bronx. Not only will this fueling station provide alternative fuels, reducing our dependence on oil, these new fuels combined with the station’s idling reduction features will also lead to fewer and greener emissions, which will go a long way towards improving the health of all Hunts Point residents. On top of that, we will see close to 100 new jobs come to the Bronx. It’s a win-win. I would like to thank AMG for making this project a reality, and for bringing it here to the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“The development of a retail alternative fueling facility in the Hunts Point neighborhood is an important first step to addressing the negative environmental impacts our community has struggled with for decades. It is also a testament to the hard work community organizations like; Mothers on the Move, The Point, Sustainable South Bronx and community residents have put into improving our quality of life. We look forward to welcoming the Atlantis Management Group and to the job opportunities this development will bring into the community,” said Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo.
“As small businessmen, we are pleased to work with this administration and our local elected officials in developing and operating environmentally-friendly facilities in our communities,” said principal officers of AMG Jose Montero and Tumay Basaranlar.
The proposal from AMG was selected based on its response to criteria outlined in a 2008 Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by New York City Economic Development Corporation. The development is a piece of the City’s larger comprehensive Hunts Point Vision Plan, an interagency City and community initiative to redevelop and revitalize the South Bronx and Hunts Point. NYCEDC is also partnering with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Hunts Point/Port Morris Diesel Emission Reduction Program which is intended to stimulate demand for alternative fuels by incentivizing fleet conversions to cleaner fuel technologies.
AMG currently owns and operates 26 service stations in the City of New York, of which fifteen service stations are located in the Bronx. The principal officers of AMG are Jose Montero and Tumay Basaranlar. AMG has also agreed to work with the Department of Small Business Services to develop a targeted hiring and workforce development plan to fill the approximately 43 permanent jobs and 50 construction jobs the project is expected to create.
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