Governors Island Seeks Proposals to Add to $300 Million Renovations

Image: Vincent Laforet/The New York Times

As part of an ongoing massive $300 million renovation project, Governors Island is looking for proposals to further redevelop and restore 40 buildings, including a 1931 building that once housed an officers club and two ballrooms.

New York Curbed reports The Trust for Governors Island’s RFP has placed a new request for proposals from “hotels, retailers, arts group, businesses, and educational institutions – so pretty much everyone except residential developers.”

The current development project will bring new welcoming area at Soissons Landing, a relaxing hammock grove, kid-friendly fountains, terraces, improved landscaping, and lighting to the island. New York Magazine has already praised the redesign, saying it is “deliciously mellow” and includes “a space designed for the way people actually behave rather than the way architects think they ought to.”

According to Justin Davidson of New York Magazine, “The layout is asymmetrical but rational, complex yet intuitive, echoing nature’s fractal patterns without being ostentatiously avant-garde.”

The next phase of redevelopment will include a restoration of 40 buildings including two by McKim, Meade & White, and 1929 barracks.

Criteria for developer proposals include: they preserve the buildings’ history, add to the public space on the island rather than creating barriers, be well designed, and fit into the “overall vision for Governors Island”, according to New York Curbed.

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