Here’s the City’s Request For “Expressions of Interest” in the Lowline Site

Trolley site below Delancey Street. Image from NYC EDC.

Trolley site below Delancey Street. Image from NYC EDC.

As we first reported on Friday, the city is now asking for ideas to reactivate the old trolley terminal under Delancey Street. It has been dormant since 1948, but is being eyed by the group proposing a “Lowline” subterranean park in the abandoned space.

This morning, the city’s Economic Development Corp., in partnership with the MTA, is out with a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal. The submission deadline is Dec. 23, one month from today.  Here’s part of RFEI summary:

New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York  (the “City”) and in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (the “MTA”), seeks expressions of interest from qualified parties for development plans involving the long-term lease and activation of the vacant Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, currently owned by the City and leased to the MTA, which is located under Delancey Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York, New York. The vacant trolley terminal is approximately 60,000 square feet and runs underneath Delancey Street between Clinton Street and Norfolk Street. The vacant trolley terminal abuts the MTA’s Essex Street Subway Station to the north, and the property line of the Essex Crossing development project to the south.

The document highlights the fact that the trolley site is adjacent to Essex Crossing, the large mixed use project now under construction in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Selection criteria include:

  • The “quality of (the) Project to strengthen and revitalize the urban context of the Site.”
  • The “extent to which the proposed design and programming enhances connections to, and accessibility for, the surrounding community.”
  • The “extent to which the Project reaches out to the surrounding community and promotes openness and interaction through its urban design and amenities.”
  • The “viability of proposed program to meet community needs.”
  • The “Respondent’s demonstrated financial condition to complete the Project, and the feasibility and availability of financing sources.”
  • The “Long term viability of operations.”
  • The “Respondent’s experience and ability to engage the local community during the predevelopment, development, and management stages of the Project.”
  • The number of new jobs expected to be created during construction and operations.

You can see the full document posted below.

Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal RFEI by The Lo-Down