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.

$3.6B road plan in the works for Arkansas

Arkansas – The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ADOT) is preparing a $3.6 billion road project list, led by a $475 million effort to widen Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis over 20 years.
The 31 projects outlined in the proposed plan would help relieve congestion on thoroughfares around the state, which has more than 8,000 roads with failing pavement ratings. A draft map of the projects also calls for spending $350 million in improvements to interstates 30 and 40 in Little Rock and North Little Rock.
Other projects include building two new sections of Interstate 49 from Highway 22 to Interstate 40 for an estimated $270 million and from an unincorporated area known as “Y” City to south of Greenwood for $270 million. Highway 67 improvements from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line would cost $180 million. A Highway 82 project would receive $160 million to widen the road from Texarkana to Lake Village. An estimated $150 million would fund construction of a two-lane Interstate 69 in southeast Arkansas, and $100 million would be spent to widen sections of highways 62, 63, and 412 from Huntsville to Black Rock.
The plan depends heavily on voters’ approval to continue a half-percent sales tax in perpetuity. The tax was originally approved in 2012 on a temporary basis. If the measure is successful, the sales tax revenues would fund a $1.8 billion road construction program and generate $205 million annually.
ADOT’s director expects to present a draft of the plan to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and finalize it by September 2019.

Pompano pitching downtown Innovation District to developers

Florida – The city of Pompano and the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are inviting developers to submit a request of interest (RFI) to redevelop a section of city-owned land within its downtown Innovation District. The RFI deadline is July 10. A request for proposals (RFP) will follow.
The city and CRA own more than 65 parcels on 30 acres with interstate frontage. Their vision is to create a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment throughout the entire downtown. The redevelopment is inspired by the global rise of the “Innovation District” concept that emphasizes a combination of business, technical, corporate, government, hospitality, education, and cultural uses.
Innovation District

The city has zoned the mostly vacant land with appropriate building height, density, and massing for a downtown, according to city documents. CRA funds would be available on a case-by-case basis to assist developers with infrastructure costs. New developments in the downtown will consist of active uses on the ground floor and residential and commercial uses on the upper floors. The first phase would include 750,000 square feet of office/flex space, 165,000 square feet of retail use, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, 1,500 residential units, up to 420 rooms in two hotels, and potential education opportunities.

The Innovation District is part of a 400-acre downtown that also includes Old Town, Civic Commons, and surrounding neighborhoods. A new $19.25 million cultural center is planned near Pompano’s library and city hall in the Civic Commons area. The city and CRA are exploring a possible public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to construct a new city hall and other government offices.

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.