Request for proposals issued for pair of East Harlem sites | Gowanus focuses on local priorities ahead of possible rezoning | Belmont Park arena gets go-ahead
August 15, 2019
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Request for proposals issued for pair of East Harlem sites
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is pursuing its East Harlem Housing Plan with a request for proposals for development of two city-owned sites with 350 units of affordable housing and space for retail and community activities. RFP respondents must submit a relocation plan for the community organizations currently occupying the sites.
6sqft (New York City) (8/9) 
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Gowanus focuses on local priorities ahead of possible rezoning
School diversity, historic sites and climate change are all among the considerations that Gowanus advocates and elected officials are taking into account as they await an environmental impact analysis for a potential rezoning. A draft scope of work released in March predicted rezoning would add 8,200 new apartments by 2035.
City Limits (New York City) (8/12) 
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Belmont Park arena gets go-ahead
The $1.3 billion Belmont Park project, which will sit on 43 acres of state-owned property in Nassau County, was approved by Empire State Development. The 19,000-seat arena and hotel, to be built by owners of the Mets and Islanders, is expected to open by 2021.
New York Post (8/9) 
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Work begins on Bushwick Inlet Park
Crews began demolishing old fuel storage tanks last week as work began on Bushwick Inlet Park. The city designated the area for a park more than a decade ago, and some had hoped the tanks could be repurposed in some way for the park.
WPIX-TV (New York City) (8/7) 
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Prospect Heights plan would add 19-story building
Developers are eyeing the McDonald's site across the street from the Pacific Park mega-project in Prospect Heights for a 19-story building, according to a Community Board 8 Land Use Committee member. The plan would require rezoning to allow for higher density.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (8/8) 
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Innovation & Technology
How to tackle common types of cost overruns
Cost overruns are a common pitfall for every type of contractor. Kim Slowey looks at how companies across the industry are tackling extra labor charges, weather delays, indirect costs and unanticipated direct project costs.
Construction Dive (8/13) 
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Policy Watch
Commentary: After Amazon, what's next for LIC?
Six months ago, Amazon pulled out of plans to build a campus in Long Island City, but activity leading up to the company's change of course showed "there is an appetite for development" in the area, writes Carlo Scissura, president of the New York Building Congress. "For LIC, Queens and New York City to thrive, we must return to a spirit of aspirational planning and building," he writes, noting that possibilities include a soccer stadium, a museum or a convention center.
Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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Retirement bills are pending in Congress
Several bills under consideration in Congress could affect retirement in the US. Among other things, these bills could affect required minimum distributions, Social Security and pension plans.
CNBC (8/10) 
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Queens steel company to pay $6M in denied wages
Hundreds of workers for steelmaker AGL Industries were illegally denied overtime and other wages between 2013 and 2017. A plea deal with the city and state requires the Queens company to pay $6 million to the affected welders and ironworkers.
Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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