The Economic Development Corporation has three Requests for Proposals pending, one for Mart 125 in Harlem, and two in the Bronx: Bathgate and near the Hub at 149th Street. If my recollection is correct, its the second time around for MART 125, but this time EDC has specifically identified the non-profit with which the developer needs to partner. The notices call attention to the availability of the FRESH program to encourage markets carrying fresh food at both the Bathgate and the Hub locations. Query whether the Bronx Borough President and Council delegation will insist that tenants pay higher-than-minimum wages, and if so, the effect on the bidding. This was an issue at another Bronx development site not too long ago.

From the announcement:

Mart 125 Site Redevelopment RFP >
NYCEDC is seeking proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of a 10,000 square foot site at 260 West 125th Street in Manhattan, commonly known as Mart 125. Responses to this RFP must comply with current zoning and incorporate the following uses: (a) 12,000-14,000 usable square feet of cultural space (“Cultural Space”) to be operated by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and ImageNation Sol Cinema; (b) 800 gross square feet for a ground floor visitors center to be operated by NYC & Company; and (c) 2,500 gross square feet for a café and/or retail establishment(s), with a preference for local business operators. The remaining floor area may be used for other commercial uses.

Bathgate Industrial Site RFP >
NYCEDC is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of a vacant industrial property located within the Bathgate Industrial Business Zone in the Bathgate section of the Bronx. The Site represents an excellent development opportunity for industrial businesses and developers looking for a larger development site, proximity to highways and public transportation, as well as availability of a local workforce in surrounding neighborhoods. Additionally, the Site is located within the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (“FRESH”) program area, and proposed industrial uses of the Site may include a wholesale produce or meat market – which may be associated with a grocery store.

Hub at 149th Street RFP >
NYCEDC is seeking proposals for the disposition and development of two parcels located within the Bronxchester Urban Renewal Area in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. The sites are prominently located near the Hub, which is one of the Bronx’s busiest commercial and retail corridors and in close proximity to mass transit. Additionally, the Site is located within the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (“FRESH”) program area, making it eligible for zoning and financial incentives to facilitate the construction of a full service grocery store. The permitted uses under the Urban Renewal Plan include public and semi-public uses (i.e., community facilities, educational facilities, etc.) and commercial uses (i.e., full-service grocery store, retail, etc.).


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