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City Seeks To Develop Arverne Request For Proposal Issued

City Seeks To Develop Arverne
Request For Proposal Issued

Officials from New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced on Thursday that they are seeking proposals for residential and commercial development for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area.

The city issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Arverne-by-the-Sea, a planned residential community that will be developed on a 100-acre tract of vacant oceanfront land. The RFP calls for the development of a pedestrian-friendly, sustainable, and environmentally conscious community that enhances the site’s natural settings and brings housing and jobs to the Rockaways.

The first phase of new housing in Arverne, located from Beach 59 to Beach 61 street off Rockaway Beach boulevard, achieved 100 percent sell-out before construction was complete.

HPD is seeking proposals to create a residential neighborhood of more than 1,000 market-rate homes and associated retail/commercial space, recreational areas and other amenities.

"This RFP represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for developers to create an entirely new thoughtfully planned waterfront community in New York City," said HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine. "We hope to attract top-notch developers and designers with an eye for creativity and innovation."

In conjunction with HPD’s announcement, the New York City Parks Departments is issuing a separate RFP to develop an adjacent oceanfront site of 45 acres for recreational uses from which the new housing and surrounding area will benefit.

HPD will select one or possibly two development teams for the site based on an evaluation of the respondent’s experience, development capacity, and ability to finance; the design, feasibility and marketing plan of the proposed development; and other factors as noted in the FRP. Due to the unique size and location of Arverne-by-the-Sea, special consideration will be given to the design of the proposed development to ensure that the site’s potential for creative urban design is fulfilled.

The residential and commercial / retail RFP is available on HPD’s website, nyc.gov/hpd, or may be obtained in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HPD’s office at 100 Gold street, Section 9P, Manhattan. A $75 non-refundable fee in the form of a certified check or money order payable to the New York City Department of Finance must be presented to receive a hard copy of the RFP.

A pre-submission conference will be held at HPD, 100 Gold street, Room 1R-3, Manhattan, on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 10 a.m. A design conference co-sponsored by HPD and the Architectural League of New York will be held in February at a location to be determined. Interested organizations are strongly urged to attend both conferences. All proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2001.

All communications regarding the RFP should be directed to: Brett Libresco, Project Manager, Office of Development, 100 Gold street, Room 9P-9, New York 10038.

An expansive redevelopment effort, focused on mixed-use homeownership and recreational amenities, is underway in the adjacent neighborhood of Edgemere. Led by city and state financial support, developers are slated to build 700 units of middle-income housing over the next four years. This represents more than $120 million of public and private investment. Additionally, a 75,000 square foot neighborhood retail center, planned for city-owned vacant land adjacent to the development site, is in it pre-development phase.

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