Tuesday, August 14, 2012

City Issues RFP for Bedford-Atlantic Armory

Two and a half years after the Bedford-Atlantic Armory was last in the news (when our local elected promised $11 million out of what they deemed a necessary $20 million to revamp the drill hall as a youth and community space), the city's Economic Development Corporation has issued a request for proposals regarding the space. The complete RFP is below - readers, what do you want to see in this space (and if you're going to do something to make your vision a reality, let us know)?

New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”) and the Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) is seeking proposals (“Proposals”, each a “Proposal”) from qualified developers for the ground lease, development, and operation of approximately 50,000 square feet of available space within the historic 23rd Regiment (also known as “Bedford-Atlantic”) Armory (“Armory”). The Armory is located at 1322 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.   Through this request for proposals (“RFP”) NYCEDC is seeking users or developers who (i) enhance the surrounding community’s access to the Drill Hall through potential neighborhood-serving uses, (ii) cause minimal impact to DHS’s active operation within the Armory Head House, (iii) ensure that future Drill Hall uses are community-serving, iv) create a financially feasible and economically viable project, (v) complete necessary capital improvements, and (vi) contemplate  and preserve the historic character of the facility.
NYCEDC plans to select a qualified developer or user on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: economic impact on New York City, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, the proposed project’s financial feasibility, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, and the proposed lease terms.


  1. Excellent facility to serve as a community center with after school program as well as a gym for kids and adults in the area. Would be nice for there to be extensive access to computers and training.

  2. A state-of-the-art community centre, gym and public pool.
    - From a resident of CHN.