State solicits new uses for Arthur Kill prison

April 04, 2012 01:00PM

New York State’s Empire State Development is looking to redevelop the recently shuttered Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island, the Daily News reported.

As The Real Deal previously reported this past summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed seven prisons across the state, two of which were in New York City, to accommodate his state budget. Arthur Kill, located at 2911 Arthur Kill Road in the Tottenville/Great Kills section of Staten Island, was a medium-security prison that closed in late 2011.

ESD has posted a “Request for Information” online seeking offers to buy or lease the site. According to the document, possible redevelopment plans include the use of the former prison for “destination retail,” maritime and light industrial development or other projects that would create jobs, the Daily News said.

“ESD is responsible for marketing the property and will administer the grant and tax credit program,” said Austin Shafran, a spokesperson for the ESD, told the Daily News. “This is the first step in a public and competitive process through which the state will engage private businesses to get the most productive use out of the facility.”

The deadline for submissions is April 18. [NYDN]