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City Launches Search for Manager to Oversee East River Esplanade Work

By Lisha Arino | August 11, 2015 4:46pm
 A rendering of a new park that will be built on Pier 35 near Rutgers Slip.
A rendering of a new park that will be built on Pier 35 near Rutgers Slip.
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New York City Economic Development Corporation

LOWER EAST SIDE — The city is looking for a new construction manager to complete the next phase of the East River Waterfront Esplanade as well as the long-delayed recreational area on Pier 35 near Rutgers Slip.

According to a Request for Proposals released Aug. 3, the new manager would oversee the construction of Phase 4 of the project, which runs from Catherine Slip to Pike Slip, as well as remaining sub-projects like a new park at Pier 35 and the Rutgers Slip Pavilion.

"As per the RFP, we are seeking a highly-qualified construction management firm to oversee the remainder of the work, including Package 4 and Pier 35. This will allow work on the Esplanade to proceed as expeditiously and holistically as possible," an EDC spokesman said in a statement.

EDC officials previously announced it would put out an RFP for Phase 4 at two Community Board 3 meetings earlier this year, according to the Lo-Down, which first reported on the proposal request.

Plans for the area include resurfacing and the installation of new furniture like benches and seat swings, according to RFP documents.

Pier 35 — which was previously slated for completion in 2014, according to the Lo-Down — will be turned into a new park, with a metal mesh-and-steel screen to separate the pier from a Department of Sanitation facility located adjacent to the new park, documents show. The park is expected to be completed in 2017, an EDC official previously said at a CB3 meeting in March.

The Rutgers Slip Pavilion will be approximately 2,400 square feet and include community space, a maintenance storage space and public restrooms, according to the RFP.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Aug. 28.