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New York Botanical Garden Seizes on Bronx Building Boom

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The New York Botanical Garden wants in on the Bronx real estate bonanza. The institution has issued a Request For Proposals for a "major" mixed-use development on a site just one block from its entrance. The parcel at the southeast corner of Webster Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard can give way to about 300 residential units on the southern portion of the site, a hotel with at least 125 rooms on the northern portion of the site, and about 12,000 square feet of retail, a press release from NYBG says. The deadline for developers to submit proposals is March 1 at 5 p.m. The garden expects to choose a proposal by the end of that month.

The development stems from a 2011 rezoning of an 80-block area that intended to spur residential development along Webster Avenue, which was previously zoned commercial. Following the rezoning, the NYCEDC issued a "vision plan" (at the behest of NYBG) to recast Webster Avenue as a Main Street for the borough.

The site is currently occupied by Pioneer Supermarket and its parking lot, as well as a laundromat. It's adjacent to a concrete parking garage designed by Ennead Architects as a part of the city's Design + Construction Excellence Program.
· RFP Press Release [official]
· All New York Botanical Garden coverage [Curbed]