New Rutgers Slip Pavilion Seeking “Expressions of Interest”

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Dormant Lower East Side waterfront property along the East River is taking another turn toward redevelopment. This time the focus is squarely on the junction of Rutgers Slip and South Street, a mere stone’s throw from the forthcoming Basketball City just up the coast at Pier 36.

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An email landed in our inbox the other day from the NYC Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeking help in the redevelopment of the Rutgers Slip section of bulkhead.  Or in political mumbo-jumbo, an RFEI – Request for Expressions of Interest. Apparently the city is seeking organizations to create programming for a “to-be-built enclosed pavilion and certain outdoor space located at the intersection of Rutgers Slip and South Street.”

Said pavilion will reportedly include both commercial (restaurant, retail) and non-profit (school, community center) uses.  Here’s more from the website:

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on behalf of the City of New York is seeking expressions of interest from experienced and qualified individuals, companies, and/or organizations either alone or in partnership interested in programming a to-be-built enclosed pavilion and certain outdoor space located at the intersection of Rutgers Slip and South Street along the East River Waterfront Esplanade (the “Esplanade”) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (collectively, the “Pavilion”). It is contemplated that the Pavilion will house two unique uses: 1) a restaurant, retail, or other commercial use and 2) a non-profit, educational, and/or community use pursuant to a lease or other occupancy agreement (the “Lease”).

Through this RFEI, NYCEDC aims to create a node of activity along the East River that reflects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and serves both local residents and visitors to the Esplanade. It is contemplated that the Pavilion would activate this portion of the Esplanade through the provision of a restaurant, retail, or other commercial use amenity and a community space occupied by a non-profit, cultural, and/or educational use. Each interior space of the Pavilion will provide up to 850 square feet of interior programmable space. The commercial user may also have access to up to approx. 700 square feet of outdoor space. The lessee(s), if any, will be responsible for all costs of internal fit-out as well as any additional improvements to the Pavilion base building structure required for the program.

Those interested must submit the application by November 10.  Thanks for playing.

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