NYCEDC Issues RFP for Portion of 65th Street Rail Yard
The New York City Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the northern portion of the 65th Street Rail Yard in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The RFP offers 14.9 acres of the 33-acre rail yard for development for intermodal rail or waterborne uses. The rail yard is adjacent to the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT), a former military facility that is currently home to more than 70 companies and thousands of employees.
“This RFP is further evidence of Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to revitalizing the City’s waterfronts for industrial and maritime uses and creating quality jobs for residents of all five boroughs,” said Andrew M. Alper, NYCEDC President. “By improving freight movement in the City, we have the potential to divert thousands of cars from the roads and improve the quality of life of all New Yorkers.”
The RFP is for potential use and occupancy of only the northern, intermodal portion of the Yard. The RFP area is about 1665 feet long by 250 feet wide and has water frontage with unimproved shoreline. It is graded with process stone and is located in the center of the Yard. The shoreline could be converted into useable concrete bulkhead for landing barges. NYCEDC estimates that the cost of converting the 400-foot waterfront would be about $3.8 million. The respondents will also be responsible for obtaining any and all required permits and governmental approvals to do such a conversion.
Two railroad tracks run through this portion of the yard, and two other tracks run north from the Rail Yard’s throat at Second Avenue into the Brooklyn Army Terminal and to a connection with the First Avenue Rail Yard. The southern portion of the Yard consists of 14 rail tracks that make up a classification yard connected to two electric gantry float bridges. A railroad operator will be responsible for the operation of the southern portion of the site.
The 65th Street Rail Yard is located between 64th and 66th Streets, west of Second Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The Rail Yard forms the terminus of the Long Island Rail Road’s Bay Ridge freight line along the Brooklyn waterfront. The City acquired the 65th Street Rail Yard in 1982 and, in conjunction with New York State, has invested more than $20 million in improvements, including construction of the two new rail transfer bridges.
To maximize alternatives available for the site, a number of agreement structures are possible, depending on whether the yard is to be used for maritime endeavors and/or industrial rail. The RFP contains details of the various agreement structures.
NYCEDC will use a variety of criteria to evaluate proposals. The extent of rail freight and maritime-related uses will be a significant factor. Frequency of ship calls, if appropriate, types of vessels, and length and draft of vessels and amount of rail traffic should be detailed in the proposals. Other criteria include financial return to the City and job creation, financial feasibility, respondents’ qualifications and the project’s relationship and impact on the surrounding community.
There will be an informational meeting and site visit on February 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. at 63rd Street and Second Avenue (Entrance BAT – Guard Booth), Brooklyn, NY 11232. Potential respondents are urged to attend. Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m., March 8, 2005.
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.