Governors Island is already in the midst of a massive LPC- and archicritic-approved makeover that will bring $300 million worth of entrances, terraces, landscaping, trees, and lighting to the island's historic district. The next step in the island's redevelopment will be bigger in scope: a new request for proposals invites ideas for restoring 40 Governors Island buildings so they can be used once again. The Trust for Governors Island's RFP, the Journal explains, is geared toward hotels, retailers, arts group, businesses, and educational institutions?so pretty much everyone except residential developers. The buildings up for redevelopment include two by McKim, Meade & White, the 1929 barracks (above) and a 1931 building that contained an officers club and two ballrooms.
The Governors Island Alliance, a separate non-profit advocacy group, issued a press release explaining the criteria by which they'd like developer proposals to be evaluated. The alliance requests that proposals match the terms of the island's transfer from the Federal Government; that they preserve the buildings' history; that they add to the island's public space rather than creating barriers; that they're well designed; and that they fit into the overall vision for Governors Island.
· Governors Island Proposals Sought [WSJ]
· Governors Island coverage [Curbed]