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NYCEDC Seeks Proposals For Alternative Fueling Facility in Hunts Point


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a developer for the construction and operation of an alternative fueling facility within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. The site, located along Food Center Drive and Halleck Street in the Bronx, is approximately 127,800 square feet and zoned for heavy manufacturing uses. It is anticipated that NYCEDC will offer the site for a long-term lease with a term of 30 years with two five-year renewals. Proposals should provide the retail sale of at lease one type of competitively priced, sustainable alternative fuel; however, proposals that include more than one type of alternative fuel are strongly encouraged.

“Adding a fueling station that provides trucks traveling within the Hunts Point Peninsula with alternative fuels to the Food Distribution Center will reduce the negative impacts of diesel emissions on the residents of Hunts Point and reduce the dependency on fossil fuels,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “This RFP is an integral part of the City’s plan to foster the growth of the sustainable alternative fuels industry throughout New York City.”

In addition to providing alternative fuels, proposals should include uses associated truck drivers’ needs, such as restrooms and ancillary retail facilities, including convenience store, grocery store, restaurant or a bank. NYCEDC also encourages proposals that include complementary uses such as a truck maintenance facility for converting engines to use alternative fuels, a truckstop electrification facility, a showroom for electric power or other alternative power trucks; an electric vehicle recharge station or an organics recovery facility for the production of biofuels or district energy.

“Investing in alternative fuel infrastructure in the South Bronx holds the promise of transforming the way goods and people are transported in our community, cleaning the air throughout our region, and reducing the impact of vehicular emissions on global climate change,” said Congressman Jose E. Serrano. “Skyrocketing oil prices, combined with rising unemployment in the Bronx and the crippling effects of asthma on Bronx children, create both an urgency and ideal opportunity to take action now. A fueling station with clean fuels for local truck fleets and recharging facilities for electric vehicles is a bold step forward for our community. It will create new ‘green’ jobs and make the South Bronx a national leader in the clean technology revolution, which is transforming our economy.”

Twenty five to 50 percent of the City’s local pollutant emissions can be traced to heavy duty diesel trucks. Reducing emissions from these vehicles will contribute significantly to achieving the goal laid out in PlaNYC to achieve the best air quality of any large city while also reducing global warming emissions. Truck retrofits that capture emissions of air pollutants, an electrification station that reduces truck idling, and cleaner burning engines and fuels from sustainable sources are excellent methods to improve the air New Yorkers breathe, especially in neighborhoods with high levels of truck traffic like Hunts Point.

“Development of an alternative fueling facility in Hunts Point is an important step towards implementing the City’s goal of reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality. On order for truckers to switch to cleaner fuels, fleets and small businesses alike must have access to fueling stations,” Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. “An alternative fueling station will enable broader use of alternative fuels, help achieve sustainability goals, and encourage clean tech jobs. Truck electrification stations will reduce idling on neighborhood streets during layovers, and a high tech organics recovery facility would enable beneficial use of the Food Center’s waste stream. This is an excellent initiative that I support and I encourage other industrial areas throughout the City to replicate this environmentally and fiscally sound initiative.”

Proposals should feature high quality design and sustainable construction techniques that will raise the standard of private investment in Hunts Point. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is required for this site. Proposals should also contain a targeted hiring system intended to maximize employment opportunities for local residents. NYC Department of Small Business Services plans to open a Workforce1 Center in Hunts Point this summer. The Center will be dedicated to identifying clear pathways for career advancement by working closely with businesses and leveraging relationships with local community-based organizations and educational institutions to create a pool of candidates that qualify for available positions.

“An alternative fueling station in Hunts Point is consistent with the City’s sustainability goals laid out in PlaNYC,” said Rohit T. Aggarwala, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, the office that created and is managing the implementation of the City’s sustainability plan, PlaNYC. “The strategies to reduce truck emissions will help the City to achieve the best air quality of any large city and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.”

With 670 businesses and more than 13,000 employees, the Hunts Point Peninsula is a thriving location in an urban setting with ready access to the rest of the region. The site is surrounded by a variety of food-related businesses within the Food Distribution Center where approximately 115 wholesalers generate more than $3 billion in sales a year. The site lies at the junction of three major truck routes and offers high visibility to trucks traveling to and from the Food Distribution Center. Additionally, the Peninsula is home to a flourishing industrial neighborhood that has been designated as the Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone (IBZ).

The site is also located in a Federal Empowerment Zone, a New York State Empire Zone, a New York City Commercial Expansion Area, and a census tract targeted for federal New Markets Tax Credits investment. Businesses in these areas may be eligible for wage and investment tax credits, cash refunds, New Markets Tax Credits, and tax-exempt bond financing, as well as energy discounts and other incentives.

In addition to environmental benefits and adherence to area redevelopment objectives, NYCEDC will use a number of additional criteria to evaluate proposals, including: development team qualifications; financial feasibility; site planning and design; economic impact on the City; and compatibility with the surrounding community.

There will be an informational meeting at NYCEDC’s offices at 110 William Street, 4th Floor, on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 10 a.m. Those wishing to attend are requested to call Liliana Ruiz at (212) 312-3840 or fax the Info Session Confirmation Form in the RFP to (212) 312-3916, on or before Thursday, June 5, 2008. Copies of the complete RFP may be downloaded by visiting http://www.nycedc.com/rfp. Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2008.

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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