New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking pr
oposals for the
redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory building (the “Armory”)
, located at 29 WestKingsbridge Road in the Bronx (Block 3247, Lot 10 and part of Lot 2, on the tax map of theBronx
) through either a purchase or long-term lease. The Armory presents one of
New York City’s most unique and exciting opportunities; the selected developer
will beresponsible for the redevelopment and reactivation of one of the largest and most architecturallysignificant buildings in the Bronx.The Site is an approximately 575,000 squarefoot landmarked building. The Armory boastsan ornate, 35,000 square foot head-house whichprovides a grand entryway to
centerpiece, a 180,000 square foot, column-freedrill hall. The open design of the drill hall andits 110 foot high ceilings allow for a tremendousnumber of potential uses that might beinfeasible in more traditional building designs.Two sublevels, one in excess of 100,000 squarefeet, the other more than 200,000 square feet,are located below the drill hall.The Armory is also centrally located near important retail and educational hubs. Fordham Roadis one of the busiest retail corridors in the Bronx, and Education Mile
home of Walton HighSchool, DeWitt Clinton High School, the Bronx High School of Science, and Lehman College
is located just north of the Site. The diversity of the surrounding neighborhood, with its mix of retail, residential and educational uses, presents a ready market for any number of redevelopment proposals.
Redevelopment and reactivation of the Site is
a high priority for New York City (“City”) and for
the local community.
The goals (the “Goals”) of the RFP are as follows:
Promote economic growth in Kingsbridge by providing a dynamic use or mix of uses thatwill anchor the Kingsbridge Heights community and create an exciting destination forpeople throughout the Bronx and the City;
Restore and preserve the Armory's historic façade;
Optimize the use of public transit infrastructure to minimize local traffic impacts;
Provide a source of quality jobs for area residents; and
Incorporate principles of sustainable design.
Aerial view of Kingsbridge Armory