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December 21, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076

HPD Issues RFP for Oceanfront Residential/Commercial Development in Queens

Seeking Innovative Design Team to Create Community on Rockaway Peninsula

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today announced the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Arverne-by-the-Sea, a planned residential community that will be developed on a 100-acre tract of vacant oceanfront land on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. The development of this site provides the opportunity to establish a vital new community in a breathtaking setting with approximately 3,500 feet of direct beach frontage. The RFP calls for the development of a pedestrian-friendly, sustainable, and environmentally-conscious community that enhances the site's extraordinary natural setting and brings needed housing and jobs to the Rockaway Peninsula. The first phase of new housing in Arverne achieved 100% 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 Commissioner Perine. "We hope to attract top-notch developers and designers with an eye for creativity and innovation."

In conjunction with HPD's RFP, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation 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 RFP. Due to the unique size and location of Arverne-by-the-Sea, special consideration will be given to the design of proposed development to ensure that the site's extraordinary potential for creative urban design is fulfilled.

In the same RFP document which will seek detailed housing development proposals for the 100-acre site, HPD is also seeking more preliminary expressions of interest in the development of commercial/retail and/or recreational space on a nearby 45-acre oceanfront parcel that the City also owns in Arverne.

An expansive redevelopment effort, focused on mixed-use homeownership housing 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 over $120 million of public and private investment. Additionally, a 75,000 sq. ft. neighborhood retail center, planned for City-owned vacant land adjacent to the Development Site, is in its pre-development phase.

The residential and commercial/retail development RFP will be available starting Thursday, December 21, 2000 on HPD's website,, or may be obtained in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HPD's offices 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, NY 10038
Telephone: (212) 863-7499
Fax: (212) 863-8055
TTY: (212) 863-7934

People with disabilities requiring special accommodations either to pick up the RFP or to attend and/or participate in the pre-submission and design conferences should contact Brett Libresco at (212) 863-7499 so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

HPD reserves the right to negotiate with any number of developers, accept or reject any or all submissions received as a result of this RFP, or postpone or cancel this RFP in part or in its entirety.

HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of 65,000 units of affordable housing.

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