S.C. P3 builds tech college

South Carolina’s Oconee Alliance announced the construction of the Oconee campus of the Tri-County Technical College will begin in April. The alliance is a public-private partnership (P3-PPP) for economic development. An additional project, a career development center that will be built adjacent to the campus, will begin in 2018. Officials estimate the cost of the campus to be $5 million.

New Mexico P3 to improve downtown

The city commission of Tucumcari, N.M., has approved a contract with a design firm to develop a plan for improving the downtown area.

The firm will assess current conditions downtown, provide a marketing analysis and develop a vision and master plan.

The plan should provide for a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) with the goal of reducing the number of unused buildings downtown.

Los Angeles P3 to use $10.5M to revitalize Koreatown

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $10.5 million for the first phase of a plan to revitalize a blighted area of Koreatown.

Pre-development will begin for a proposed 400,000-square-foot headquarters for the Department of Mental Health, 72 units of senior housing and a community center. Additional plans call for new offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Community and Senior Services.

The project is a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) that includes the developer and a nonprofit service provider.

Boynton Beach planning PPP for redevelopment

The city of Boynton Beach, Fla., is seeking design teams to participate in a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to redevelop the Town Square area, a four-block, 17-acre site east of Interstate 95.

Additional proposals are being requested after the city received two unsolicited proposals for the project.Requirements include a public event lawn, amphitheater and public gathering space; an entrance and gateway feature at Ocean Avenue and Seacrest Boulevard; and street enhancements and on-street parking on those streets.

The area will be developed as the city’s downtown. Redevelopment proposals must in some way include an historic high school (ca. 1927), a new 50,000-square-foot city hall and green space. The existing library and Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center must remain on the site. The city is open to moving the current police department and Fire Station No. 1, which are in the redevelopment area.

City officials are also considering building a combined police and fire station. Once a request for proposals is created and approved by the city commission (probably by September), another six months of negotiations will likely follow. Thus, construction could be a full year away, according to City Manager Lori LaVerriere.

Although a total cost for the project is not yet known, city officials say a new city hall would carry a price tag of between $15 million and $18 million, a new police building would cost between $25 million and $30 million and the price tag for a new fire station would be between $3 million and $5 million.