San Diego to issue request for bids for $46M park

California – The City of San Diego plans to start the bid solicitation process in late summer for a $46 million downtown park. The proposed 4.1-acre East Village Green will sit between F and G Streets stretching from 13th Street to 15th Street.
Some of the features of the new park include:
  • An 8,500-square-foot children’s play area with an interactive water feature and play equipment;
  • An 820-square-foot, shaded performance pavilion for outdoor performances;
  • An 11,000-square-foot multi-purpose lawn that is surrounded by sitting areas and table tennis;
  • A 14,200-square-foot, two-story neighborhood community center. The building will house a half basketball court that doubles as an auditorium, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, a yoga studio, city staff offices, public restrooms and other community spaces. It will be programmed by the city’s parks and recreation department.
  • A paid parking garage with 185 spaces underneath the west block;
  • Separate-but-adjacent off-leash dog parks; and,
  • Two cafe buildings operated by a third-party vendor.
The city hopes to begin construction by early 2021. Renderings and phase development plans can be seen here.

Douglas County to publish RFP for jail expansion

Kansas– Douglas County officials have produced a new $23 million estimate for expansion and modernization of the local jail. The Douglas County jail project would entail a new central south tower with up to 112 additional beds. The tower could be constructed with four cell pods with a capacity of 28 beds each, or with three such cell blocks and a medical bay.

 

Currently, the jail has 186 beds and the new addition would combat overcrowding, allow for inmates housed in other county jails to be relocated, restore space for re-entry and work release programs, and increase safety. After approval is received by county commissioners, county officials will solicit a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a construction manager who would help firm up cost estimates and, eventually, handle the expansion under a construction manager at risk method.

New office complex coming for state agencies in California

California– A request for proposals to get design-build bids will be issued later this year from the California Department of General Services for an office complex in Sacramento’s River District. The California State Printing Plant site at Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard is set to be demolished in the 2019-20 fiscal year. A design-build partner should be in place at the beginning of 2020, with construction to start after that. The complex could be up to 29 stories and include a child care center and parking structure.

 

The notice of preparation for an environmental impact report describes a project of up to 1.3 million square feet as the benchmark for determining environmental impacts. The estimated

$30M in tax credits approved for multi-use development

New Jersey– The New Jersey Economic Development Authority provided approval to the city to use $30 million in state tax credits toward a multi-use development. Funding comes from a $130 million tax credit package that the state Legislature awarded the city several years ago. The project will seek to revitalize an area around the city’s train station by constructing housing, offices, retail space and a new parking garage. The site of the project currently contains a 735-space parking garage.

 

The $30 million in tax credits could be used by Paterson Parking Authority for a new 940-space garage along with office space and retail. The mayor’s administration is in the process of crafting other plans, that are due by June 30, for the remaining $100 million in state tax credits. A request for proposals for development of the parking garage and business space is expected soon.