Connecticut– The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center, UConn Health, expects to begin mid-negotiations with a public-private partnership (P3) by September 2018. UConn Health is the branch of the university that oversees clinical care, advanced biomedical research and academic education in medicine. The system includes the 234-bed John Dempsey Hospital, a medical group and medical and dental schools. The system intends to issue a request for proposals for a financial consultant to help it assess the market and manage the process of soliciting and analyzing proposals from potential partners.
The academic medical center is exploring a P3 to attract more faculty and students, increase patient volume and achieve financial security. The P3 will also deliver on a promise of Bioscience Connecticut, a plan in conjunction with the state to renovate UConn health facilities and improve research capacity. Plans for the partnership come after projected budget deficits the past few years.
Florida– The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a master developer for Phase II of the waterfront Marina Village. The Riviera Beach Marina Village is a 23-acre area between the Intracoastal Waterway and U.S. Highway 1. The city and CRA have spent about $35 million on this site in preparation for redevelopment. Plans for the second phase call for a mixed-use project that includes a hotel, additional restaurants and shops that will sit on about 6 acres located within the interior of the district, which fronts the marina.
A pre-submittal conference, which is mandatory for anyone submitting a proposal, is set for May 14 at the Marina Event Center. The RFP is due by May 31. In May 2017, the Riviera Beach CRA adopted new objectives that reset Marina Village’s master plan to clarify the city’s interest, plan, approach and priorities. The CRA is now seeking a development partner with experience and a successful track-record in planning, designing, constructing, leasing, operating and marketing mixed-use real estate ventures. The goal is to open the second phase by the spring of 2021.
Washington State– The city of Tacoma has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from developers to provide ideas for entertainment and retail on a 10.6-acre site. The unused plot of land next to the Tacoma Dome currently serves as a parking lot and some vacant parcels running parallel to Interstate 5. Minimum offers must include at least $8 million for the land as well as include ways to replace 594 parking spaces that would be lost with any development of the property.
Proposals will be accepted through May 8. Once a project is selected this summer, the city will then enter exclusive negotiations with the proposed developers for up to nine months to hammer out details, timelines and permitting options before final approval from city council members.
Nebraska– On May 15, Omaha Public School’s (OPS) voters will decide whether to approve a $409.9 million Phase 2 bond issue. A major portion of the funding would be earmarked for building additions and new schools to relieve crowding at places like Highland and Spring Lake elementary schools and Lewis and Clark Middle School. Students are dealing with overcrowded classrooms, poor insulation from the cold, rodents, insects and rain. There are now roughly 226 portables spread across the district. The bond will help reduce, but not eliminate, the district’s use of portable classrooms. The district has been able to get rid of roughly 99 portables and that number would shrink to 65 if the bond is approved.
The district has already spent millions on school security features, renovations and rebuilding several older schools after voters approved a $421 million bond measure in 2014. Phase 2 revolves around creating more space by building new schools and expanding existing ones, especially in growing parts of the Omaha Public Schools district. Lewis and Clark, which has eight portables, would get a 15-classroom addition. Nine classrooms would be added on to Morton Magnet Middle, which has 13 portables outside. Two new high schools proposed for far northwest and South Omaha are pitched as relieving overcrowding at schools like South, Bryan and Burke. Bryan currently uses 13 portables, and Burke has 10.