STAPLETON — The city is inviting bids to start the second phase of redevelopment at the former Navy Homeport in Stapleton.
The city's Economic Development Corporation is seeking contractors to build a tidal wetlands area, roadway and a new waterfront open space with bioswales to make the project more storm resilient.
"It's about creating a waterfront destination for the community and establishing connections to the waterfront back to the neighborhood," said Tom McKnight, executive vice president of the EDC.
"One of the goals in the planning was to bring the neighborhood back to the waterfront and this will be an important way to do that."
The Stapleton Waterfront Development site will bring new apartments, shops and a public park to the neighborhood, which broke ground in June.
“We’re breathing new life into a once blighted and abandoned spot in our city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the ground breaking.
The $180 million LEED-certified project, led by New Jersey-based Ironstate Development, will bring two buildings with 900 apartments, 30,000 square feet of ground-level retail, parking and a public esplanade.
Construction is expected to start in the spring and should take 24-months to finish, McKnight said.