PennDOT announces $49M for state projects

Pennsylvania- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that 42 highway, bridge, transit, port and waterway, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The city of McKeesport will receive more than $2.9 million for improvements to the existing Steel Valley Trail through the Regional Industrial Development Corporation Park along the Monongahela River, linking the river to the McKeesport Multimedia Center, and improvements to the city’s municipal parking garage that offers trail parking. The Exeter Township will receive more than $2.9 million to design and construct pedestrian improvements on Perkiomen Avenue, including continuous sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, pedestrian buffer, trees and defined entrances and exits for business driveways. See the full list of projects here.

Of the 42 grants that were awarded, 14 were for local bridges. On Oct. 5, PennDOT will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Applications are due by Nov. 15, 2018. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2019. For more information about the program visit here.

Snow College plans to introduce student housing on campus

Utah– Snow College Richfield is ready to build a facility on its campus where students can live. The junior college has announced that it is looking for a developer to build a 100-bed student housing facility via a public-private partnership. Plans call for the housing to be near the core of the campus on the south side of 200 South. The location represents a change in the college’s strategic plan, which was adopted in 2016.

 

Snow College is open about its plans to increase enrollment by offering amenities like a traditional college and moving up the development dates of its 2016 strategic plan in order to accomplish that goal. Administrators have announced that a request for proposals will be released within the month. Completion of construction is targeted for fall 2019.

Port Authority has backup plan for ConRAC

New York/New Jersey– The New York and New Jersey Port Authority Board of Commissioners announced that it approved a $170 million allocation to build a new, 3,000-vehicle rent-a-car facility and public parking complex at Newark Airport. This will consolidate the airport’s rent-a-car facilities into a single complex next to the airport’s soon-to-be-redesigned Terminal A. There are two versions of the consolidated rent-a-car facility (ConRAC) plan with a $40 million difference between them.

 

The first would involve a private developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a ConRAC at the airport. The Port Authority’s contribution to the project – which would include a public parking garage – would be capped at $130 million. If negotiations with developers are unsuccessful and a deal isn’t reached before December, the Port Authority will move ahead with Plan B- build its own stand-alone garage at a budgeted cost of $170 million. Construction of the proposed integrated facility – which also allows for installation of a solar roof structure and electrical vehicle charging stations – could start in mid-summer 2019 and continue through the end of 2022, with the public parking elements completed by September 2021.

State issues RFEOI to attract replacement of developer

Maryland– Maryland has re-launched development of the State Center project in Midtown Baltimore. The Maryland Stadium Authority and the Maryland Department of General Services issued a request for expression of interest (RFEOI)in taking over the redevelopment of 28 acres of state offices. The site is considered a transit-oriented development by city and state officials for its location adjacent to subway and light rail stops. It’s also near Symphony Center, a complex of apartments, offices and shops. The project, however, remains mired in lawsuits with a developer that began working on a $1.5 billion plan in 2009.

 

Baltimore sued the firm for its delayed progress and the firm countersued the city for breaking contract. It’s not clear how the litigation will be resolved, or if the project can proceed. The RFEOI is viewed as the first step in a multi-step process of selecting a new master developer which will serve as a basis for creating a short list of firms invited to respond to a request for proposals. Responses from interested developers are due Aug. 22 and results are expected in September.