NYCEDC Issues Request for Proposals for Redevelopment of the Queens Borough Hall Garage in Kew Gardens
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale and redevelopment of the approximately 100,000-square-foot Queens Borough Hall Garage site located in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. The RFP is for more than 800,000 square feet of mixed-use development containing commercial, residential and public parking uses that will continue to raise the standard for private investment in Kew Gardens and the Queens Borough Hall area. The selected developer will be responsible for demolishing the garage and providing adequate parking during construction. The RFP also calls for the selected developer to work in cooperation with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to finalize the division of the site to allow SCA to construct a separate 190,000-square-foot public high school.
“Redevelopment across Queens is bringing opportunities and new energy to the borough’s diverse neighborhoods,” said NYCEDC Interim President Joshua J. Sirefman. “Taken together with the recent rezoning of Maspeth, Woodside and Middle Village, the redevelopment of the Queens Borough Hall Garage site will strengthen the local business district. In addition, the redevelopment will also facilitate the creation of needed classrooms in an inviting new high school campus.”
Development guidelines and recommendations for the project were formulated through a planning process involving City agencies, the Queens Borough President’s Office, local elected officials and community members. The mixed-use development should address several important goals:
- Creating quality office space for the Queens District Attorney’s Office, currently estimated to be approximately 170,000 to 220,000 square feet, as well as other commercial tenants, for a total of 400,000 square feet
- Meeting the City’s housing goals by developing a mix of affordable and market rate housing units with a variety of unit types to accommodate the diversity of the region’s population
- Maximizing public parking opportunities on the site
- Enhancing the pedestrian environment with local street-level retail
- Creating an inviting campus-like setting for students and enhancing the surrounding neighborhood for Queens Borough Hall visitors, workers and residents
NYCEDC will use a number of additional criteria to evaluate proposals including: use of high-quality sustainable design and construction, the project’s economic impact on the City, development team qualifications; financial feasibility, and its relationship to the surrounding community.
For more information or to request of copy of the RFP please call 212-312-3584, or visit www.nycedc.com/rfp. A site visit and information meeting will be held at Queens Borough Hall, Room 213 on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. For reservations, please contact NYCEDC at 212-312-3840 on or before Thursday, October 19, 2006. Proposals are due on or before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2006.
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.