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City of Huntsville Calls for Lodging/Mixed Use Development Proposals on Public Garage Site

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville is requesting development proposals to reimagine its 37-year-old parking deck on Monroe Street. The two-story structure provides 1,175 parking spaces to support events at the Von Braun Center, Big Spring Park, and the Summit.

A 25-page Request for Proposal (RFP), sent to prospective developers today, outlines the City's desire for a mixed use development on the site that includes at least 125 lodging units and a potential mix of retail, commercial and residential. City leaders say a quality redesign would incorporate more efficient parking into the property in a more aesthetically pleasing manner.

"There is heightened interest in downtown Huntsville, and we want to see what developer proposals are out there," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "The RFP is one way to solicit innovative ideas for prime property that has served as a utilitarian structure."

The City's Long Range Urban Planner, Dennis Madsen, says it is time to look at new ideas for a higher and best use of the parking garage site. "It's no longer enough that the site provides parking, it has to provide parking and more," said Madsen. "A new development can improve the aesthetics along the park, as well as along Monroe. Given the success of developments like Belk Hudson Lofts and Twickenham Square, we know that there's an appetite for redevelopment opportunities downtown."

Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc, agrees and says multimillion dollar upgrades to the Propst Arena and Mark C. Smith Concert Hall call for more appealing and pedestrian-friendly attractions across the street. "The RFP is another really important step forward downtown as we take underutilized spaces and increase their economic value," said Emerson.

Proposals must be submitted by February 4, 2014 through Huntsville's department of Procurement Services.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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