NYCEDC Seeks Retail And Housing Development To Complement Lighthouse Museum On Staten Island Waterfront
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for approximately 3 acres of the 10-acre National Lighthouse Harbor Site in the St. George section of Staten Island. NYCEDC is seeking high-quality, mixed used development proposals to reactivate this desirable waterfront property with residential, retail and commercial uses, while preserving its historic structures. Proposals should incorporate and support plans for a lighthouse museum. The site includes a public plaza, waterfront esplanade and a 55,000-square-foot public pier. The parcels for development consist of waterfront property for long-term lease and an upland parcel for lease or sale. Existing buildings on the site must be preserved, but there is potential for new development at three areas of the site.
“This is a very exciting and challenging opportunity for development,” said NYCEDC President Andrew M. Alper. “The site’s waterfront location with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor, combined with its historic, cultural and recreational components, have the potential for a unique and exciting project that will enhance the revitalization of St. George.”
The property is connected to the St. George Ferry Terminal, about one third of a mile to the northwest, via a waterfront esplanade. It is bounded by Bay Street to the west and Upper New York Bay to the northeast. The four buildings on the site to be redeveloped total about 35,000 square feet, in one-, three-, and four-story structures.. In addition, there are 6,000 square feet of underground vaults.
“I am optimistic that the RFP will attract a developer to this unique waterfront property and give the site a future that provides jobs and opportunity and also breathes life into the National Lighthouse Museum,” said Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro.
Three of the buildings are registered by the State of New York as historic landmarks. One is designated as a New York City Landmark. All three are deteriorating and in need of significant renovations. Landmark requirements call for preservation of the buildings’ exterior and retention of interiors, where possible.
Development of the site should address specific goals:
- Integrate the site into the fabric of Staten Island
- Provide development that includes residential, retail and commercial uses
- Compliment community and cultural uses proposed by National Lighthouse Museum
- Incorporate high-quality, sustainable design and construction techniques to raise the standard for private investment in the St. George area and Staten Island as a whole
- Provide security and maintenance for entire site, the public plaza, esplanade and pier
The Site has been selected to house the National Lighthouse Museum, which is dedicated to broadening the public’s appreciation and understanding of America’s lighthouse history. Plans for the museum must be included in RFP responses. Building 10 is proposed for the museum’s exhibits, and a museum gift shop is expected to occupy Building 11. The City has invested $6.5 million in structural stabilization and renovation of these two buildings. The museum’s plans also call for locating a lightship to the public pier and a historic lighthouse to the plaza.
In addition to specific guidelines and specifications in the RFP, NYCEDC will use a number of other criteria to evaluate proposals, including: economic impact on the City; development team qualifications; financial feasibility; relationship to surrounding community; and design elements.
An informational meeting and site visit is scheduled for October 17, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in Building 11. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Since access to buildings will be provided on a limited basis, those planning to attend must call (212) 618-5721 before October 10. For more information or to request a copy of the RFP, call (212) 312-3969 or visit . Responses are due no later than 4 p.m., Friday, December 16, 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.