Felix Alarcon | The Jersey Journal

The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor on March 30, 2014. Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal

Six developers are in the running to develop a 57-acre site at the old military base in Bayonne with housing, retail, and tourist-related amenities, such as a luxury hotel and ferry service across New York Bay, city officials announced Friday.

“The development groups submitted an impressive array of proposals for the future of this prime waterfront area,” said Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith. “We are very optimistic about the responses that we have received.”

Even though the city sold 130 acres at the old military base that juts out into New York Bay to the Port Authority in 2010 for $235 million, there are still dozens of sites the city intends to develop on the property and the 57-acre tract known as the Harbor Station South, is one of them, city officials said.

According to the 21-page request-for-proposal the city issued in December, the city “envisions the 57-acre site as a transit-oriented mixed-use development with a preference for retail and commercial development that includes amenities that complement the adjacent Royal Caribbean cruiseport operations such as a luxury hotel and supporting retail services.” {….}