New York City Governors Island moves forward with redevelopment

New York City Governors Island moves forward with redevelopment

Yesterday, the Trust for Governor Island issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the “adaptive re-use” for over 40 of its buildings for “educational, cultural, and commercial uses.” The square footage encompassed in this RFP totals more than 1 million square feet. Responses for the release of this RFP are due by March 14, 2013.

This this recent RFP comes just after the Trust for Governor Island moved forward with redevelopment plans through the demolition of four high rise buildings in September of this year. $260 million dollars has already been spent during the Bloomberg era to “update the Island’s infrastructure and build 30 new acres of park and public spaces.”

New York City Governors Island moves forward with redevelopment

Photo from 2011 Summer Concert series by Governors Island

Praise from Public Officials

This RFP has already been welcomed by Mayor Bloomberg, who believes that this “RFP which will continue to ensure Governors Island is a destination enlivened by year-round tenants and uses.”

State Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver remarked that the RFP is “a historic milestone in the development of one of the truly unique and wonderful public spaces in our city.”

State Senator, Daniel Squadron added to Silver’s sentiment, explaining that “[yesterdays] announcement means even more of the Island will be put to use while preserving its beautiful and historic character – allowing more visitors to enjoy this incredible waterfront destination that’s just minutes away from Manhattan and Brooklyn.”

Specifics of the RFP

The RFP seeks respondents to submit detailed plans for the reuse of buildings for both commercial and nonprofit use. Of the buildings to be renovated through the Governors Island RFP are a 4,000 square foot former officer’s home and a 400,000 square foot former barracks and administrative building.

Governor Island, which serves as the  permanent home of the New York Harbor School and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Art studio, will see a number of infrastructure upgrades through this funding proposal. The RFP will bring upgrades to the Island’s electrical and telecommunication utilities,  add a seawall and stormwater system, and will fund  a new water main and distribution system that will provide potable water to buildings in the Historic District.

The first phase of the Island’s new park and public spaces, designed by the world renowned landscape architecture firm West 8, is under construction and will be complete in 2013.


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