North Carolina– New Hanover County is exploring the option of entering into a public-private partnership (P3) for redevelopment of a 3-acre county-owned block in downtown Wilmington. The county issued a request for qualifications to find the most qualified project teams. The top teams will be invited to submit a full development proposal by December.
The county has envisioned a public library, Cape Fear Museum, usable green space and a parking deck. A space needs analysis was recently conducted to identify the needs of both the museum and library. In the new fiscal year, the county plans to conduct a separate study to determine the future use of the existing museum site on Market Street. Proposals will be reviewed at the beginning of 2019 for “Project Grace” and the public will then be given the opportunity to provide input.
Georgia– Douglasville is focused on redeveloping the north side of its downtown area. The study area is bounded by Mill Creek, Malone Road, Huey Road, Strickland Street and Cedar Mountain Road. One project getting attention is the old Douglas County Jail, which the city purchased last year for $850,000. After a meeting to solicit public feedback on city development last week, the city has considered requesting public-private partnerships to redevelop the older areas of the city. In the current model of the city’s Master Plan, the jail site is considered Phase I.
The old jail building would be demolished, and the space would be used as a green space with an amphitheater and retail shopping. A timeline for the jail project will be released in the coming weeks. The city expects to invest $1 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax funds in community development over the next few years.
Connecticut– The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has considered adding a new train station near Wall Street. For decades, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad operated a train station at 47 Wall St. The train station is long gone, but the building and railroad tracks beneath the building remain in use. Bringing a train station back to the Wall Street area required approval by the CTDOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversee operation of Metro-North Railroad.
The Wall Street Neighborhood Association formed this spring to offer the city help and input on restarting the stalled redevelopment project known as Wall Street Place. The neighborhood association has proposed a public-private partnership for the project which would add a stop to the city-owned Mechanic Street parking lot. The State Bond Commission has approved $275,000 to study such a station. The project would include construction of a sidewalk and installing of lighting in the lot alongside the Metro-North’s Danbury Line tracks. The new stop would be the fifth in the area.
Washington State– The city of Lacey requests the services of a qualified consulting firm to investigate the feasibility of developing and operating an indoor sports facility for local sports organizations, as well as attracting potential regional, state, and national tournaments. The indoor facility may include an indoor track and basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts. The sports facility could also provide baseball, fastpitch and soccer fields. The indoor facility may also include a snack stand, restaurant/bar and retail sales. The city seeks recommendations regarding public-private partnerships (P3) that could bring this type of facility to Lacey, if determined feasible.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the firm’s experience with similar projects and estimated project budget. Interested firms should submit a project approach and identify the individuals, along with their expertise, who will be assigned to the project. Examples of relevant work are required, and should showcase the quality, breadth, and approach used in prior projects. Proposals must be received by April 11.