City of Fort Smith pursuing P3 to build bike and skate park

Arkansas- The U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation signed an offer to sell 3.5 acres of riverfront property to the city of Fort Smith. In 2015, realizing it needed more than 3.5 acres of land to build a museum, the board opted for a larger 16-acre tract of land further north on Riverfront Drive. Plans call for the U.S. Marshals Museum to start construction in time for a September 2019 opening. The southern boundary of the museum’s 16-acre site aligns with H Street at Riverfront Drive.
The city plans to turn the newly-acquired 3.5 acres of land into a bike skill and skate park. To build their new park, the city plans to pursue a public-private partnership (P3). Fort Smith’s bike skills and Skate Park is expected to cost around $600,000 in addition to the $200,000 the city spent purchasing the land. The final approval date and timeline for the park are not yet set.

Alachua County favors RFP for the purchase of Camp McConnell

Florida- In July, Alachua County purchased 211-acres of property near Micanopy for $1.03 million from the YMCA. While many in the county hope the land is used to continue to provide children affordable recreational activities, the county is exploring options for the area. County officials plan to create a request for proposals (RFP) for those who are interested in purchasing the property.
The RFP process will also include dates for county employees and the public to tour the property and make recommendations on what should be done with the property. The county would like to see the camp run through a private-public partnership, by the county alone or by a private organization. Camp McConnell’s assets include a greenhouse, horse stables, an Olympic-size pool, standard cabins and counselor lodgings.

Three public-private partnership opportunities available/coming soon in the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.- In November 2016, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Office of Public-Private Partnerships gathered policy experts, public officials and residents at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies to discuss the city’s infrastructure. During the event, the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, outlined a few of the active P3 projects in the district, which include conversions of street lights to LEDs and additional smart city technology as well as infrastructure necessary to bring the Henry J. Daly Building and Corrections Center up to date.
The District has more than 71,000 lights which use a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a P3 to retrofit the lights with more energy efficient light-emitting diode bulbs. An additional opportunity exists to incorporate smart city technologies in the light facilities that provide broadband WiFi, enhanced cell phone services, information kiosks and sensors. The request for proposals (RFP) was released in March and in June public meetings will be held and a draft RFP will be submitted for council review.
The Henry J. Daly Building, located at 300 Indiana Avenue, serves as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Department. An RFP will be released in the coming weeks for a P3 that would include design, build, finance and maintenance of the building to house the police and other government agencies. The current 450,000-square-foot facility was built in 1941. Approximately 100,000 square feet of swing space is also desired to house police personnel during the construction process.
The Department of Corrections is seeking the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new corrections center that consolidates the existing Correctional Treatment Facility and the Central Detention Facility, located at 1901 D Street. The new facility must be able to accommodate the current inmate population, with the flexibility to adjust for future populations. The facility must include support services for health, dental, food services, laundry, job training, recreation, education, work assignments and more. The facility will be located on the existing site or another property owned by the District government or a third party. Administration offices of the Department of Corrections are located in a separate building. These offices, approximately 80 staff in 20,0000 square feet, could be consolidated in the new facility. The District is also considering the potential to house more inmates currently held in out-of-state facilities being managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The RFP for this project will be released in the coming weeks.

California city moves forward with waterfront plan

Redondo Beach, Calif., officials moved forward with a waterfront revitalization plan after rejecting an appeal from a slow-growth group. The plan includes infrastructure repairs estimated at $108 million. As part of a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) agreement, the city is working with a developer on a $250 million, 35-acre project. The development includes public space, improved beach and swimming areas, a public market, theater, hotel, boardwalk and retail space.


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