Hudson Yards opened up for bidding

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Calling it a project the city and region “desperately needs,” Governor Eliot Spitzer this morning officially released the request for proposals for the development of the Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s far West Side. Spitzer was joined at the press conference announcing that the 26-acre Hudson Yards site is up for sale by Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The announcement officially opens up the bidding process for the site, which is expected to bring in more than $1 billion for the Yards’ owner, the MTA. The RFP allows a developer to either purchase or obtain a long-term lease for both the eastern and western sections of the Yards, which are handled by separate requests. The request covers both real property and air rights on the Yards, which run on the east and west sides of 11th Avenue from 30th to 33rd streets. more By John Celock