Earlier this week opponents of a plan to build two tall condo towers at the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park to help cover the new park’s $16 million annual maintenance budget won a major victory when the Mayor’s office accepted one of their proposals for alternative revenue sources: converting the nearby and newly vacated Jehova’s Witnesses’ buildings into condos. But other parts of the original plan remain in place, and yesterday the city put out a request for proposals for the first building to rise inside Brooklyn Bridge Park: a half-condo, half-hotel tower near Pier 1 (see satellite image above).
The request for proposals, available on the park’s website, sets a deadline of October 24, specifying that:
The hotel portion of the site will accommodate between 170-225 rooms and the residential portion of the site will accommodate between 150-180 units. The site will also include parking facilities, park restrooms and park support facilities.
Crain’s reports that the city will lease the land to the winning developer, who will build and operate the mixed-use project with a maximum square-footage of 514,000. In a statement accompanying the request for proposals, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said: “This Request for Proposals represents a unique opportunity to build a world-class hotel and residential development in one of New York City’s most exciting neighborhoods.” Replace “neighborhoods” with “public parks” and it starts to seem much less exciting.
But look here’s a pretty video to accompany the request for proposals: