Release date: 8/31/2015
Submission deadline: 12/11/2015
Designation date: 5/8/17
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced the designation for the site that will be developed by Radson Development, in a joint venture with Kingspoint Heights Development. The project will include 230 units of affordable housing, 200,000 square feet of commercial office space, a 12,000 square foot grocery, over 88,000 square feet of dormitory space and more than 28,000 square feet of amenity space that will include a health club, food court, and laundry facility.
Prior to the site's current use as an NYPD surface-parking lot, it was the location of a slaughterhouse constructed in 1905 and owner and operated by the New York Butchers' Dressed Meat Company. In the late 1950s the slaughterhouse ceased to be operation and was used as a warehouse and office building from the 1960s through the late 1970s. A move to confer landmark status to the slaughterhouse ended in 1988 and the building was demolished thereafter.
As part of the City’s efforts to expand economic and workforce opportunities, responses to this RFP were required to comply with a comprehensive workforce and procurement program that supports communities and helps create job opportunities, especially those that enable low-income New Yorkers to participate in the City’s economic growth. This includes the utilization of NYCEDC’s HireNYC program for disadvantaged workers, as well as contracting goals for minority and women-owned business enterprises, and requirements with respect to living wage and prevailing wage.
NYCEDC in partnership with HPD released the RFP from qualified developers for the long-term lease and redevelopment of the City-owned former slaughterhouse site, located at 495 11th Avenue between West 39th Street and West 40th Street in Manhattan.
The release marked the culmination of extensive community outreach and input from local stakeholders, including City Council Member Corey Johnson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Manhattan Community Board 4. NYCEDC and HPD engaged in a three-month long engagement process with Community Board 4 that was instrumental in identifying key community priorities for the RFP. Respondents were encouraged to submit proposals that achieved maximum housing affordability, with the goal of reaching 100 percent affordability, financed by a mix of commercial or community facility uses.