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NYCEDC Seeks Expressions of Interest For The Reactivation of a 46-Acre Site on Brielle Avenue in Staten Island


Site Offers Opportunity for the Reuse of Historic Assets As Well As New Construction

NYCEDC today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the redevelopment of all or portions of an approximately 46-acre site located on Brielle Avenue in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island. Originally built as part of a farm colony, which provided room and board to economically disadvantaged populations in exchange for their labor, the site has been vacant for decades, and now offers a tremendous opportunity for a potential developer. Working in coordination with Councilmember James S. Oddo and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), NYCEDC is now seeking creative proposals that will consider a broad range of possible uses for the site, in order to transform the area in a way that will complement and enhance the surrounding community.

“Mayor Bloomberg has made the reactivation of long-vacant sites a priority in all five boroughs,” Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said. “We look forward to better understanding what creative ideas the private sector has to capitalize on the many attractive attributes of this 46-acre site to benefit the surrounding community and attract private investment and jobs to the area.”
 
“This long-vacant property possesses great potential, and any future redevelopment will significantly benefit the surrounding community and all of Staten Island,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “We are pleased to be working with Councilmember Oddo on this important project, and look forward to finding creative solutions that will both enhance quality of life and lead to future economic growth.”
 
“With this RFEI we are throwing out a wide net to gauge the interest of the private sector in this piece of property,” said Councilmember James S. Oddo. “I am not shy about saying that my preferences would be a viable senior housing project, a recreational facility, or an educational institution. We purposely left the RFEI open-ended so that it can most effectively gauge such interest. Depending on the quality of responses, we will act accordingly.”

“This site is one of the largest unused city-owned properties in the entire Borough,” said Borough President James P. Molinaro. “As Councilman Jim Oddo has been saying over the years, it offers an opportunity for a use that would benefit Staten Island for generations to come. This is a great site in the Mid-Island and we look forward to reviewing the proposals in the near future.”
 
“The Commission has worked in partnership with owners on countless projects across the City that call for the redevelopment of landmarked sites,” said Commission Chairman Robert B. Tierney. “We look forward to working with those who respond to the RFEI to develop a project that honors the historic past of the buildings and area, while securing its future.”
 
The property is advantageous for new development, as it features enough land area for master planning, historic assets, and views and access to the Staten Island Greenbelt, a 3,500-acre network of open space. The property is also in close proximity to recreational amenities and institutions, such asthe College of Staten Island, Sea View Hospital Home Rehabilitation Center, and the Greenbelt Recreation Center. The site is nearby well-established residential communities, shopping and tourist destinations, such as the Staten Island Mall,Historic Richmond town, and MTA Express Bus stops and the Staten Island Expressway.
 
Vacant since 1975, there are eleven historic buildings on the site. While previous attempts to develop the site were never realized, the Brielle Avenue RFEI is expected to encourage more feasible responses by allowing respondents to consider a wider range of uses than in the past, to bid and construct on all or preferred portions of the site, and more flexibility in site design. Industrial uses for the site will not be considered.
 
NYCEDC will view favorably proposals that include stabilization or restoration of the site’s historic assets, and proposals that respect and leverage the surrounding Special Natural Area District and the Staten Island Greenbelt.All work, including demolition, alterations, stabilization and new construction will require the approval of the LPC. Proposals must also include estimates for site preparation and structural improvements. 
 
To obtain a copy of the RFEI, please visit: www.nycedc.com/RFEI. Responses are due no later than May 31, 2012.

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