Saturday, February 21, 2015

What's different here? Mayoral administration issues RFP to study possibility of railyard development, in Queens

The Vanderbilt Yard is 8.5 acres. The Sunnyside Yards occupy some 200 acres.

There's another difference. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority didn't issue a request for proposals (RFP) until after Forest City Ratner announced its Atlantic Yards plan.

Now there's increased consciousness of the need for a fairer playing field--as well as the need to avoid lawsuits.

So the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, via the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has requested an RFP for consultants to study development in Sunnyside, at least over the portion owned by the federal Amtrak, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resisted such plans for the MTA-owned portion.

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