NYC EDC issues RFEI for Staten Island Site

Richard Dyer of the New York City office of Duane Morris reports that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) have issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for re-development at the Staten Island Industrial Park known as the Teleport. The RFEI will seek ideas from developers to expand or transform the site, or to utilize the site more efficiently. Currently, approximately half of the Teleport is used as a data center and office park, while the remaining half, another 40 acres, is available for development.

A public notice regarding the opportunity was posted at the EDC’s website here. The notice summarized some background and elements of the project as follows:

“The Teleport property on Staten Island possesses great potential, and any additional development on the site is sure to significantly benefit Staten Island,” said [recently appointed] NYCEDC Executive Director Kyle Kimball. “We look forward to seeing the creative solutions that the development community comes up with to enhance quality of life and lead to future economic growth in the area.”

“The Port Authority believes there is a significant development opportunity at The Teleport that can be unlocked with private sector ideas and capital,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Exploring options to turn over our lease to the private sector is consistent with our Agency’s efforts to focus on our core transportation mission, while helping to spur growth on Staten Island and create jobs for the region.”

“This is a truly unique piece of property that offers a wide array of possibilities,” said Council Member James Oddo. “It is set in the Staten Island Corporate Park, a rural oasis with a New York City address – and with major highways only a stone’s throw away, both Manhattan and New Jersey are easily accessible. I firmly believe there will be widespread and diverse interest in the Teleport, and I’m confident we will be able to sit down with the Bloomberg Administration and select a project that will offer great benefits to the developer, the borough of Staten Island and the city of New York.”

You can see the RFEI here or at the City’s procurement site. Responses are due no later than October 10, 2013.

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