Volume 18 • Issue 33 | Dec. 30 - Jan. 6, 2006

Governors Island agency looks for planners

Governors Island officials are seeking consultants to assist in the planning and redevelopment of the island.

Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, the state-city authority responsible for 150 acres of island, plans to issue two Request for Proposals on Jan. 2 for the consultants. The corporation is seeking an advisory team to assist with development, cost estimating, and pre-construction advisory. It is also seeking consulting teams with urban design, landscape architecture and engineering expertise. The deadline is Jan. 23.

“Next year, 2006, will be a very busy year for GIPEC,” said GIPEC interim president Paul Kelly in an e-mail statement to Downtown Express. “These RFPs are intended to provide qualified consulting teams to support GIPEC.”

The island, a 172-acre teardrop slip of land in New York Harbor, was once home to the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Coast Guard. Sold to the state and city for $1 in 2003, the island contains many historic buildings, but most of it is open space. In recent years, the infrastructure and buildings have fallen into disrepair. GIPEC estimates it will cost between $217 million and $368 million to develop it. GIPEC plans to issue an RFP for the redevelopment of the island in February. The consultants would help the corporation make selection decisions.

-Ronda Kaysen


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