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NYCEDC Issues Requests for Proposals for Development Sites at Former Navy Homeport


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today issued three Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in connection with the New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan for the former U.S. Naval Homeport in Staten Island. The RFPs seek residential development with accessory commercial space; a hotel with a banquet hall and restaurant; and development of a sports complex. The sites are located in the recently designated Special Stapleton Waterfront District created to allow for the implementation of the Plan. The RFPs are a critical part of the Plan, which was developed through the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg’s Homeport Task Force and approved by the City Council last year.

“These RFPs represent another milestone in the realization of Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to spur economic activity and reclaim the waterfront for local residents and visitors in all five boroughs,” said NYCEDC President Robert C. Lieber. “Development of these sites, along with the public improvements called for in the New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan, will transform an underused industrial area into a thriving waterfront community. I commend the members of the Homeport Task Force who have been a part of the planning process from the beginning for their hard work and dedication to this important endeavor.”

The Task Force identified a number of key goals for the Plan, including connection to the Stapleton Community and public access to the waterfront. As a part of the Plan, the City is investing $66 million in infrastructure improvements in the area, including new roadways, two public open spaces and a mile-long waterfront esplanade along New York Harbor with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

The Task Force also developed the Plan’s Design Guidelines for excellence and sustainability. Development of the sites will be required to adhere to those guidelines. The Task Force, which will continue to oversee implementation of the Plan, is comprised of City and local elected officials, and community and business leaders from around the Borough.

“The redevelopment of the Homeport is a great opportunity for the people of Staten Island and the Stapleton community in particular, and it has a great impact on the quality of life in the area,” said Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro. “I’m pleased that the first step is being taken to redevelop this site, and I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg once again for his commitment to this project.”

The first RFP seeks proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of three parcels for residential development with accessory commercial development. The first parcel, in the northern part of the District, is approximately 4.7 acres and will contain about 125 residential units. The second parcel, located near the center of the District, is approximately 3.5 acres and will contain about 125 residential units, a 10,000-square-foot farmers’ market and up to 25,000 square feet of community-oriented service retail space. The third parcel, approximately 2.4 acres, is located in the southern portion of the District and will contain about 100 residential units. Respondents may submit proposals for acquisition and development of all or any of the three parcels.

“The development of the Homeport site is a leap forward for the Stapleton Community and will serve as an important economic development anchor for the Borough,” said Councilmember Michael E. McMahon. “I look forward to a continued partnership with the City as these projects move forward.”

The second RFP is for the ground lease, development and operation of a 150-room hotel, a 20,000-square-foot banquet hall, and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant. The approximately 3.5 acre site is located in the northern portion of the District.

The third RFP is for the ground lease, development and operation of a sports complex on approximately 3.5 acres near the center of the District. The sports complex is proposed to include an indoor ice rink and turf field and accessory facilities, such as locker rooms. It may also include up to 5,000 square feet of sports-related retail, such as a sports equipment store, bike and skate rental shop or food concessions. Other proposed uses may include facilities for gymnastics, party rooms or other recreational activities. -

“This returns another beautiful piece of what is our Staten Island Waterfront to Staten Islanders,” said Chair of Staten Island Community Board 1 Sean Sweeney. “We have long been denied access to its natural beauty and economic potential. Many hours of Task Force design, dialogue and debate have culminated in the final vision of what is to be a wonderful residential and recreational area.”

NYCEDC will use a variety of criteria to evaluate the responses to the RFPs, including economic impact of the project on New York City; qualifications of the development team; financial feasibility of the project; relationship to the surrounding community; and land use and design considerations. Green Building techniques are required for several parcels incorporating LEED ND and NC standards. All respondents are encouraged to submit a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise/Local Hiring and Utilization Plan with their proposals.

An informational meeting and site visit for all three RFPs will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Homeport (entrance on Front Street at the end of Canal Street, Stapleton, Staten Island). For copies of one or all of the RFPs, visit www.nycedc.com/rfp. Responses are due no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2007.

About NYCEDC
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.

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