Milwaukee issuing RFP for Harbor District tract development

Wisconsin – The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) will issue a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop an 88,758-square-foot tract in Freshwater Plaza, the gateway to the Harbor District.
Rendering of 1st Street in Freshwater Plaza

City and RACM officials seek proposals that:

  • Provide a concentration of activity that contributes to the vitality of Freshwater Plaza and the Harbor District;
  • Respond to site context and existing neighboring buildings;
  • Utilize high-quality design and materials;
  • Expand tax base and maximize the return to the city;
  • Create or retain jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits; and,
  • Incorporate sustainable design elements into the building and onsite stormwater management.

A major corporation is set to relocate its new headquarters in the district, which contains several industrial and marine businesses and has convenient access to downtown, Bayview, the Harbor and Highway. More than $500 million in developments were proposed for the district in 2018. Proposals are due by Sept. 30.

Ketchikan embarks on RFP, proposal review for port project

Alaska – Councilmembers in Ketchikan on July 10 unanimously approved beginning a request for proposals (RFP) process to solicit bids from cruise businesses interested in constructing and funding port upgrades. They also agreed to review a separate development proposal from a company that owns one of the berths at the city’s port.
Consultants advised councilmembers that as cruise ships grow larger, their size will more frequently exceed the current port’s limited ability to dock them and service additional passengers. The project is estimated to cost $150 million. The council plan is to begin the RFP and consider the development proposal. Councilmembers will then review a draft RFP and solicit public input.

FAA awards $477M in airport infrastructure grants

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on July 9 issued $477 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third of five allotments from the agency’s $3.18 billion Airport Improvement Program (AIP). FAA officials will distribute the latest round of grants to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and Washington, D.C.
Some of the selected projects include rebuilding runways, constructing firefighting facilities, and maintaining taxiways, aprons, and terminals while increasing safety, emergency response efforts, and capacity.
Among the grant awards are:
  • Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, Washington state – $27.5 million to construct a runway, acquire an emergency generator, and acquire snow removal equipment;
  • McGhee Tyson Airport, Tennessee – $14.82 million to reconstruct a runway;
  • San Francisco International Airport, California – $14.63 million to reconstruct a runway;
  • Portsmouth International Airport, New Hampshire – $13.38 million to reconstruct a runway;
  • Chicago/Rockford International Airport, Illinois – $11.3 million to rehabilitate a runway and a taxiway;
  • Westchester County, New York – $11.15 million to install navigation aids and guidance systems, reconstruct taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate a runway; and,
  • Memphis International Airport, Tennessee – $10.01 million to construct a deicing pad with associated facilities.

The county of Gallatin, Kentucky, secured a $9 million grant to help fund the construction of a new airport in Sparta, Kentucky. For a complete list of grants, click here.

Staff recommends route for $98.1B California bullet train

California – The California High-Speed Rail Authority staff has made its route recommendations for a 130-mile high-speed rail that would run from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The bullet train, estimated to cost as much as $98.1 billion, would operate on a partial system as early as 2029. The full system would begin in 2033.
Engineers are faced with the challenge of building across the San Gabriel and Tehachapi mountains. The project is divided into phases, the first of which involves the San Francisco to San Jose section. This will accommodate travel between the Transbay Transit Center, 4th and King, Millbrae, and Diridon stations. Also part of the first phase is the San Jose to Merced section, an 84-mile project between stations in San Jose, Gilroy, Merced, and Fresno.
A major focus of the entire project is to electrify the rail. Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are working on this process of blending the system, which would allow both operators to share the tracks.
In September, staff will present its recommendations, along with the feedback received during outreach, and will seek direction from the Board of Directors for which alternatives to identify as the state’s preferred routes. Subsequently, the draft environmental documents are due out in December 2019 for the San Jose to Merced project section and in March 2020 for the San Francisco to San Jose project section.