New York: New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development and operation of a new recreational and community facility in the Edenwald neighborhood of the Bronx. The new facility is expected to be at least 45,000 square feet and will bring new space for physical and recreational use to the local community, providing an exciting opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Edenwald and surrounding neighborhoods.
“This new recreational facility is an exciting opportunity to improve the quality of life of members of the Edenwald community, and it’s a great example of the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to building strong and equitable neighborhoods in all five boroughs,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “Members of the Edenwald community have been seeking a new recreation center for many years, and I want to thank Speaker Heastie, Borough President Diaz Jr., Council Member King, and State Senator Hassell-Thompson for their continued work to help make it happen.”
“The residents of the Northeast Bronx have been calling for a recreational facility in our neighborhood for years,” said New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie. “Today the City of New York heard their voices. This new facility will help bring families and friends closer together and provide our children a safe atmosphere to learn and grow.
“I have always advocated for creating facilities that allow for kids to be kids, where children can participate in physical activities, run around and play soccer or baseball or touch football, rather than stay at home and play video games,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Providing children with spaces such as these will help achieve the dual mission of reducing negative health disparities and the ability to build strong community in a safe place. Considering the location of the project and how close it is to the largest public housing complex in the Bronx, local schools, community centers, and multiple public transit options; as well as the jobs it will create, I know this RFP will bring a tremendous new reuse of this space. I’m very excited about getting this idea off the ground.”
“This is a huge accomplishment; my district has been looking forward to this since I was 14-years-old,” said Council Member Andy King. “Now, this plan to bring a new recreational and community facility to the 12th Council District is moving forward. Additionally, I’m thrilled because this project will be unique to my district and will provide thousands of families and youngsters with a place to meet, socialize and have fun. I want to thank the de Blasio Administration for working with State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Community Board 12 and me to make this a reality. Lastly, as the Co-Chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus, I want to commend the NYCEDC for including requirements for a diverse workforce in its RFPs, which will provide job opportunities for people of color, disadvantaged workers and low-income New Yorkers.”
“I am very pleased that the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation is releasing an RFP to create a much needed recreational facility for our youth in the Northeast Bronx,” said State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson. “This facility will serve to fill in the cracks in a system into which too many times our youth have fallen. I thank Speaker Heastie for securing the funding and our community elders, especially Mr. Alonzo de Castro for organizing this call to action on behalf of our community.”
“We are excited to be a part of this project that will not only enrich the lives of our young people by providing additional community resources for recreation, but we also hope the opportunities offered through this facility will encourage the public to take a vested interest in the well-being of youth in this community,” said NYC Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión. “The safety and well-being of New York City’s kids is up to us all – each and everyone one of us can make a positive difference in the lives of our children and young people.”
Located at 1250 East 229th Street, the recreational facility will sit on the eastern portion of the larger Edenwald site, which is under the jurisdiction of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and currently includes the Christopher School and two cottages for children with special needs. The site is in close proximity to several public housing developments, including Edenwald Houses, which is the largest New York City Housing Authority development in the borough, as well as the Edenwald Community Center, neighborhood playgrounds and Seton Falls Park, a 30-acre preserved natural wetland. A new facility will be well positioned to take advantage of the nearby public housing, local schools, community centers, multiple public transit options and the Boston Road commercial corridor in the immediate vicinity.
By providing needed recreation space and amenities to residents, the development of a community facility will help meet the goals laid out in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC), a comprehensive plan that establishes bold goals and specific targets for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city for all New Yorkers by addressing profound social, economic and environmental challenges. Among the goals set forth in OneNYC is the creation of environments that encourage New Yorkers to be active by increasing opportunities for physical activity.
The release of this RFP marks NYCEDC’s latest effort to create jobs, provide economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in the Bronx. In July 2015, NYCEDC released a Housing New York Request for Expressions of Interest for a mixed-income, live/work development on a City-owned site on Spofford Avenue in Hunts Point. This followed the opening of the BXL Business Incubator, a business incubator in Hunts Point that supports early stage entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and create jobs in the Bronx, as well as Mayor de Blasio’s announcement of a $150 million investment to upgrade and support the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, home to 115 private wholesalers responsible for approximately 8,000 jobs.
As part of the City’s efforts to expand economic and workforce opportunities, responses to this RFP must 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.
Responses to the RFP will be due on January 27, 2016. An information session will be held on December 2, 2015 at the NYCEDC office at 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038. For more information or to download the Request for Proposals, please visit: http://www.nycedc.com/opportunity/edenwald-recreation-facility-bronx-rfp
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