New office complex coming for state agencies in California

California– A request for proposals to get design-build bids will be issued later this year from the California Department of General Services for an office complex in Sacramento’s River District. The California State Printing Plant site at Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard is set to be demolished in the 2019-20 fiscal year. A design-build partner should be in place at the beginning of 2020, with construction to start after that. The complex could be up to 29 stories and include a child care center and parking structure.

 

The notice of preparation for an environmental impact report describes a project of up to 1.3 million square feet as the benchmark for determining environmental impacts. The estimated

$30M in tax credits approved for multi-use development

New Jersey– The New Jersey Economic Development Authority provided approval to the city to use $30 million in state tax credits toward a multi-use development. Funding comes from a $130 million tax credit package that the state Legislature awarded the city several years ago. The project will seek to revitalize an area around the city’s train station by constructing housing, offices, retail space and a new parking garage. The site of the project currently contains a 735-space parking garage.

 

The $30 million in tax credits could be used by Paterson Parking Authority for a new 940-space garage along with office space and retail. The mayor’s administration is in the process of crafting other plans, that are due by June 30, for the remaining $100 million in state tax credits. A request for proposals for development of the parking garage and business space is expected soon.

New York launches ShareNYC to encourage affordable co-living projects

New York– New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has launched a pilot program, titled ShareNYC, that will encourage the development of affordable co-living projects with the help of city funds. The program will seek proposals for private development sites, and particularly favor those that offer units for very low-income New Yorkers. Most of the co-living units will have bedrooms that range in size from 150 to 400 square feet, both private and shared bathrooms, and a shared living room and kitchen. The city will also entertain proposals that have a mix of affordable and market-rate units.

 

The city’s pilot program includes a request for information (RFI) and/or expressions of interest (RFEI) where developers will be asked to outline how they plan to design, build and manage these co-living spaces. The city has set a deadline of March 14, 2019 for the proposals and is hosting a conference on Nov. 30 this year for applicants to get more information on the pilot program. The new apartments will be part of the city’s Affordable Housing 2.0 agenda to create and preserve 300,000 affordable homes in the city by 2026.

New York investing $250M to close gaps along Manhattan’s waterfront

New York– New York City has committed $250M to closing gaps in the Manhattan Greenway. The 32.5-mile greenway currently has gaps in Inwood, Harlem, Washington Heights, Midtown and East Village. Plans for the greenway span all the way back to 1993, and the completed vision will result in more than 1,000 acres of open space along the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers.

 

Some of the projects include the city investing $41 million to build out a new waterfront esplanade at Academy Street along the Sherman Creek. Conceptual design will begin in 2019 and construction will commence in 2021. An estimated $101 million has been allocated for construction on the Harlem River Greenway Link. Construction is expected to begin in 2021. With a $100 million budget, the East Midtown Greenway will connect pedestrians to the Andrew Haswell Green Park to the north at East 61st Street and will provide a transportation connection to the south, where the Greenway ends. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019. View the entire Manhattan Waterfront Greenway vision here.