ESD Announces RFEI for 39 Acres at Former Beacon Correctional Facility Site

Redevelopment Proposals Are Due On Friday, September 15

July 7, 2017

Empire State Development (ESD) today issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) seeking proposals for the reuse and redevelopment of the former Beacon Correctional Facility located at 50 Camp Beacon Road.

"With a central location, strong transit access and abundant cultural resources, this site presents a unique opportunity for development in the Hudson Valley region,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “We look forward to reviewing proposals that create new jobs, stimulate local economic growth and bolster the community.”

The Site that is the subject of the RFEI consists of approximately 39 acres and 22 buildings constituting a total indoor floor area of approximately 108,000 square feet.  Located one mile from downtown Beacon and seventy miles from New York City, the Beacon Correctional Facility was vacated in 2013 as part of the State’s ongoing initiative to decommission and consolidate a number of underutilized correctional facilities across New York State.

The goal of this RFEI is to solicit ideas that will advance public policy goals and maximize economic benefits to the Hudson Valley region and the State of New York. ESD will use responses and recommendations generated by the RFEI to inform a planned Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Proposals should strive to address the following development objectives:

  • Maximize economic benefit to the State while minimizing the State’s economic and environmental risk;
  • Enhance the Site as an economic engine for the Hudson Valley region and New York State;
  • Create direct construction and permanent on-site jobs and payroll; indirect job creation through on-site job training programs may also be considered;
  • Present a financially feasible project that describes a general approach to financing as well as revenue sources to support operating revenues and scheduled payments;
  • Maximize incorporation of sustainable and green building practices;
  • Feature meaningful participation of Minority Owned Business Enterprises, Women Owned Business Enterprises and Service-Disable Veteran-Owned-Businesses, per Articles 15-A and 17-B of the New York State Executive Law.

Responses are due by 12 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017. An optional site visit is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Respondents are not required to attend; however, if they wish to participate, they must RSVP to [email protected].

The RFEI and additional information is available on the Empire State Development website here.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency ( The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit  and

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