Select Projects

KC was thrilled to be a key part of the winning team for the highly competitive RFP for the Seward Park development sites. Announced in September, 2013, our winning proposal for this unprecedented 1.63 million square foot development opportunity includes 1,000 units of housing (of which 50% is affordable) and 600,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. KC was responsible for drafting the RFP response as well as managing the large project team.


KC assisted long-term client Omni New York LLC in developing its winning bid for Archer Green, a signature 450,000 square-foot, mixed-use, mixed-income development with 387 residential units, 68,000 sf of retail that will be leased by a supermarket and other retail, and 15,000 sf of community facility space in Jamaica, Queens.  KC was responsible for drafting the RFP response and managing the project team. 


KC has assisted Omni in the preparation of several RFPs, issued by HPD, NYCHA, ESD and JCRA drafted the RFP responses and managed the work of the project team.


KC drafted the winning RFEI response and coordinated the work of the project team for a local developer, NFC Associates, in bidding for this historic, 46-acre site in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Staten Island. KC assisted the client in prevailing through the selection process, including negotiating a Contract of Sale with EDC. The project was announced in October 2013, and KC is currently serving as Project Manager for the developer through the ULURP and CEQR processes.


KC assisted United American Land (UAL) in preparing the winning response to a NYCEDC RFP for 50,000 square feet of retail space in the Brooklyn Municipal Building. KC drafted the proposal, coordinated the work of the project team, and served as UAL's project manager and liaison to EDC during the selection process. UAL was announced as the winning bid in August, 2011.


KC worked as an advisor to the East River Skyway, an exciting proposal to develop an aerial gondola between Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The gondola could carry 5,000 people per hour, making for a faster and cleaner commute to Manhattan and alleviating congestion on the severely crowded L train. KC is working with ERS to build a project team and undertake a feasibility study.


KC assisted Prologis in preparing its winning response to a NYCEDC RFP for a 2.6-acre site near JFK Airport in Springfield Gardens, Queens. KC acted as liaison to EDC during the on-going selection process, preparing presentation and clarification materials related to the proposal and assisting in lease negotiations.


KC assisted New York Water Taxi in its bid to lease berthing space and a maritime pavilion at Pier 15. KC drafted the RFP response and coordinated the work of the project team.


FLUSHING COMMONS – ROCKEFELLER GROUP DEVELOPMENT CORP and TDC DEVELOPMENT

While at K. Backus and Associates, Ms. Karoff worked with Rockefeller Group and its local development partner, TDC Development & Construction Corp, on the purchase and redevelopment of a five-acre municipal parking lot in Downtown Flushing, Queens. This large-scale development project, Flushing Commons, will consist of a 1.2 million square foot complex with a mix of housing, retail, office, and community uses and 1.5 acres of public open space. Ms. Karoff served as virtual staff and project manager to the developers, overseeing the consultant team and its work product, and acting as the developers’ principal liaison to NYCEDC and other City agencies. Ms. Karoff successfully assisted Rockefeller and TDC to negotiate a contract of sale with the City, prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), undertake the City’s ULURP procedure and obtain other approvals including 384(b)(4) and a BSA Special Permit. Prior to being designated as developer, Ms. Karoff helped the client craft a winning proposal which prevailed over 12 other development teams in a highly competitive, year-long selection process pursuant to an RFP.


KC assisted CPLDC in formulating a grant application to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for funds to improve an information plaza on Canal Street. KC worked with CPLDC in developing the concept for the proposal, and drafted and packaged the application on behalf of CPLDC.


While at K. Backus and Associates, Ms. Karoff served as staff extension project manager and advisor during the planning phase of Columbia’s new 17-acre campus in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem. This massive undertaking, which involves land assemblage, rezoning, and the development of millions of square feet of academic space and new infrastructure, will accommodate the University’s growth for decades. As project manager during the planning phase, Ms. Karoff interfaced between University stakeholders and a team of design consultants led by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Ms. Karoff served as liaison to the numerous City and State agencies overseeing the project.