Monday, May 5, 2014

Proposed License Agreement For Operation And Maintenance of Roosevelt Island's FDR Park With New York State Parks Department, Main Street Retail Update From Hudson Related & More On Agenda For May 6 RIOC Directors Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

 Image of Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park From Long Island City Gantry Park

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Real Estate Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow. According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Update from Hudson Related Realty on Retail Space and Current Developments

Discussion of Way-Finding Signage For Four Freedoms Park

Discussion of Proposed License Agreement with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for Maintenance and Operation of Four Freedoms State Park

Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
Site of New Roosevelt Island Liquor Store And Former Home of the Grog Wine Shop

During January 15, 2014 RIOC Real Estate Committee meeting, Hudson Related's David Kramer provided this Main Street Retail update:
... Mr. Kramer began the update by reporting that he recently met Roosevelt Island resident and Mayor DeBlasio's Transition Chairman Carl Weisbrod. Mr. Weisbrod's first words to Mr. Kramer were:
When are we getting our wine store?
Mr. Kramer expects the Wine Shop to open soon. The Wine Shop is owned by the same owner as the Wholesome Factory organic grocer on Main Street. The Wine Shop lease was signed over two years ago, they are current on their rent, have their liquor license and are in process of getting building permit.

Mr. Kramer added:
... Hudson Related has successfully completed phase 2 of our program. Phase 1 was listening tour, strategy phase...

... Part 2 was the corridor upgrade ...  we're very pleased with how that turned out...

... Part 3  which is now we need some more retailers...
and using a football analogy:
... We're at the 50 yard line. We're not in the red zone yet but we're getting there....
Video of Mr. Kramer's full January 15 update is here.

We'll see how much closer we are to the Roosevelt Island Retail Red Zone tomorrow.

Also, we may learn more about the operations and maintenance of the FDR Four Freedoms Park and what, if any, control RIOC has over the use of the park by Roosevelt Island residents and visitors. In the past, we have been told that the FDR Park Conservancy controls the area, not RIOC. However, if a license agreement with NY State Parks is only now being proposed for control of the property, RIOC may still have some authority to regulate rules and operations of the area.

During February 27 2013 Roosevelt Island FDR Park Town Hall Meeting, I asked FDR Park Conservancy President Sally Minard about who controls the Park, the FDR Conservancy or RIOC. Ms. Minard said that the FDR Conservancy has ultimate control. Here the discussion.

Video of the full Roosevelt Island FDR Park Town Hall Meeting is here.

It will be interesting to see if RIOC tries to establish any control over the Roosevelt Island land occupied by the FDR Park or if, as RIOC Director David Kraut said during a November 2012 meeting on a Land Grab by the FDR Park, the FDR Park's "friends in high places" will control it.