- Posted at 11:12, November 14, 2013
- By Russ Bleemer
Word came down this week that the long-sought sprucing up of the Hudson Square neighborhood just above the Holland Tunnel was on.
The New York City Economic Development Corp. and the City Council are providing the money, which also will contain matching funds from the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District.
The plan's first phase includes $2 million from the EDC, $1.2 million from the City Council, and a $3.2 million contribution from BID, along with an additional $1.2 million from the Hudson Square Connection for tree planting.
The city agencies and the BID project spending $27 million on the re-do.
The BID put out a report last year noting that the area is home to 1,000 business and 50,000 workers, but had "seen no significant infrastructure upgrades in over 80 years."
The report sought to manage traffic, create open space and pedestrian environments, "green the streets," boost the neighborhood's identity, identify sustainability opportunities, and help retailers.
First up is a revamp of the Spring Street/Avenue of the Americas park, to serve as a gateway to the area, which runs south to Canal Street.
Meantime, the NYC Economic Development Corporation this morning floated a bunch of RFPs for future developments. The properties, all of which are in Brooklyn and Queens are below. There is significant commercial potential here; all have tight deadlines. You can find links to the RFPs on the EDC's site, here.
1) Central Brooklyn Culinary
Requesting: An individual, company, or organization to develop, operate, and maintain an incubator space. A food-use related incubator program, such as food manufacturing, storage, or shared commercial kitchen space is preferred; however proposals for other incubator uses will also be considered.
Location: Anywhere within the Brooklyn neighborhoods of either Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, or Crown Heights.
Deadline: Responses are due no later than 4:00pm on Dec. 4, 2013.
2) Flatbush Caton Market
Requesting: A developer to buy and redevelop the property into a highly visible, mixed-use site for commercial, residential, and community use.
Location: Sitting at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Caton Avenue in Brooklyn, the site extends 100 feet from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn onto a major vehicular corridor. Close to Prospect Park and readily accessible via public transit, the space is identified as Block 5063 Lot 58 on the Tax Map of Brooklyn.
Background: The 31,855 square-foot site site includes the Flatbush Caton Market and a parking lot operated by the New York City Department of Transportation. It started as a small-scale open-air market for local merchants and has since turned into an established shopping bazaar.
Deadline: Responses are due no later than 4:00pm on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Requesting: An individual, organization, or company to develop, operate, and maintain a co-working space, business incubator, or combination of the two.
Location: Preference will be given to locations near Jamaica Avenue and/or Jamaica Station in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica.
Deadline: Responses are due no later than 4:00 pm on Dec. 19, 2013.
4) Bedford Union Armory
Requesting: A developer to buy or lease the property to turn it into a community facility, recreation center, swimming pool, and/or skating rink.
Location: Situated in a primarily residential area, 1579 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn is one block from Eastern Parkway and three blocks from Prospect Park. In close proximity to numerous subway and bus lines, this RFP presents a unique opportunity for development.
Background: A former drill hall where National Guard members once marched, the historic Bedford-Union Armory comprises 80 percent of the block between Bedford and Rogers Avenue. Ownership was recently transferred from the National Guard to the City. The facility is not protected by landmarks designation.
Deadline: Responses are due no later than 4:00pm on Jan. 23, 2014.