Location Change For Monday’s Seward Park RFP Info Session

There’s been a change of location for Monday afternoon’s information session regarding the “Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Seward Park Mixed Use Development Project.  Last month, the city released the RFP for the 1.65 million square foot residential and commercial project.  Developers have until May to submit their applications. The info session is designed to address any questions and clarifications applicants might have/need but anyone is welcome to attend.

We’re told the location was changed because of overwhelming interest in Seward Park, the largest city-owned development site south of 96th Street.  The meeting will now take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, at 2 p.m.  Anyone attending should enter through the museum’s ground floor entrance; there’s a security checkpoint.

Click here to read our previous coverage of the Seward Park project.

Gotham Organization Preps Seward Park Bid

Gotham West rendering. Courtesy: Gotham Organization.

Earlier this month, the city finally released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 1.65 million square foot Seward Park project.  Now it’s a waiting game until early May when development proposals for the mixed-use (residential/commercial) site are due.  New York City planning officials are optimistic that there will be a lot of interest in the site, the largest city-owned parcel below 96th Street. But until those bids start to come in, the identities of the prospective builders and the contours of what they envision will likely remain a mystery.

But one well-known developer, the Gotham Organization, is making its interest in Seward Park very clear.  Recently, Gotham Executive Vice President Melissa Panko told us, “Seward Park is the kind of project we want to do… Being a part of re-stimulating this area would be very exciting.”  Since the RFP was released, Gotham has been hard at work preparing its proposal for submission to the Economic Development Corp.

Breaking: Seward Park RFP is Released

This morning the NYC Economic Development Corp. released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the six acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development site.  The move has been more than four decades in the making; the development parcels were bulldozed in the name of urban renewal back in 1967.  Proposals from developers are due on May 6.  The city expects to select the winning bid or bids by the fall of this year.  The project includes 1000 apartments (half affordable/half market rate) as well as up to 600,000 square feet for commercial uses. Click through to see the executive summary. You can see the full RFP here.

There will be an information session for the RFP on February 11 at 2 p.m.  at the EDC’s offices, 110 William Street.

More to come…

Seward Park RFP Will Be Released Very Soon


Last night, city officials appearing before Community Board 3’s land use committee offered a very brief update on the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project.  After several consultations with a community-oriented task force, the New York Economic Development Corp. is preparing to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 1.65 million square foot project in the next week or two. They indicated the RFP is “99% complete” and is now undergoing some final edits.

In keeping with previously agreed guidelines, the RFP allows for one-thousand apartments (half affordable, half market rate), around 600,000 square feet of commercial space, a new Essex Street Market and a small park.  Developers will be permitted to submit proposals for a single site, multiple sites or the entire project. Task force members were allowed to review the draft RFP but confidentiality requirements prevent them from discussing any details.

Editorial: City Must Bring Transparency Back to SPURA Process

Rendering: NYC Economic Development Corp.

As we have reported on several occasions in recent months, a community-based task force is working with the city to shape the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Seward Park development site (SPURA).  In our most recent story last week, we called that panel a “secret task force,” a characterization that didn’t go over too well with a few members of Community Board 3.

They point out that the group is not “secret” because we know of its existence.  Fair enough.  But here’s what we do not want to lose sight of in our ongoing coverage a a sweeping development project that will change the Lower East Side forever: the task force is completely lacking in transparency.