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NYCEDC Seeks Development Partner for Seaview Senior Housing Project

Project to Create Much-needed Senior Housing in Staten Island.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposals for a developer to partner with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and SFDS Development Corporation on a project to acquire and redevelop a portion of the Seaview Northern Parcel in Staten Island for senior and medically-supportive housing. NYCEDC selected Met Council and SFDS from a previous RFP to develop the site and is now seeking to identify a development partner to complete the development team. It is anticipated that the project will consist of 515 units of housing targeted to moderate-to-middle-income seniors.

“Staten Island has the fastest growing senior population of ages 65 and over in the five boroughs,” said Joshua J. Sirefman, Interim President, NYCEDC. “Housing options for these residents, especially in the moderate-to-middle income group, are limited. By expediting this RFP, we will facilitate this important project to help fill this need.”

The project is expected to contain 365 independent living units, which may be owner-occupied or rentals, and 150 assisted living units. The project also involves the rehabilitation of an existing historic “Director’s Residence,” which may be used for staff housing, or other uses may be proposed. The successful respondent to the RFP will be responsible for developing both the independent living and assisted living units, and leasing/sales, management and operation of the independent living units. Met Council and SFDS will be responsible for leasing, management and operation of the assisted living units, as well as providing all programming services, such as meals, activities, and medical assistance.

Proposals must conform to the established site plan and building envelopes that have already received required public approvals. In addition, a significant amount of work has been done on the design of the new buildings and renovation of the Director’s Residence for staff housing by the project architect, Herbert Mandel, P.C. Proposals may also assume that City capital funds will be available for the necessary infrastructure and site work.

Located in the Willowbrook neighborhood of central Staten Island, the 15-acre site is part of the Farm Colony-Seaview Hospital Historic District. It is surrounded by moderate density housing and community uses such as the Sister’s of Charity independent living facility, St. Elizabeth’s Manor, the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Seaview Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, and Susan Wagner High School. The Staten Island Greenbelt abuts the site to the south and east. Thirty-five acres of the original 50-acre site will be turned over to the Department of Parks and Recreation for preservation as open space and added to the Greenbelt.

Met Council has been in operation for more than 30 years. Its network of services has grown steadily. Its nationally-acclaimed work with the Enterprise Foundation and the Corporation for Supported Housing has resulted in unique and creative housing projects. SFDS is a not-for-profit developer of several hundred units of affordable and senior housing.

The date for a combined question and answer session and site visit is to be determined. Prospective respondents may call Anifia Binns at (212) 618-5721 or e-mail [email protected] for details. To request or download a copy of the RFP, call (212) 312-3969 or visit Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 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.


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Andrew Brent/Janel Patterson (212) 312-3523