|Huntsville Solicits Proposals for Commercial Development Next to John Hunt Park
January 31, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) – The City of Huntsville has issued a request for proposals (RFP)
for the purchase and development of a key commercial parcel in Huntsville. Designated as the John Hunt Park Commercial Area, the 25 acre site is near the intersection of South Memorial Parkway and Airport Road. Proceeds from the development will be used to help fund renovations to John Hunt Park.
“This is a great opportunity to create a signature development in one of the nation’s most vibrant communities,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “We are looking for a developer to create a distinctive and sustainable retail commercial development with buildings in keeping with the importance of this site and location.”
The property is located near an important gateway to the 372 acre John Hunt Park and any development on the site will be highly visible and set the tone for other development in the area. Therefore, the City’s vision is that this would be a high quality development; both in design and materials, and that it would be properly scaled and proportioned for this high profile location.
Mayor Battle says the City will dedicate 25 percent of its sales tax revenues from the retail development toward ongoing improvements in John Hart Park.
The project elements should include at a minimum:
High quality retail space
Parking to support the proposed development
High quality landscaping and amenities which complement the adjacent open space
Appropriate entrances and exits that enhance and facilitate traffic flow in the area
The City welcomes and encourages collaborations or joint ventures and partnerships to strengthen the development team. A phased development approach for the parcel can be proposed. However, a preliminary timeline of milestones for component build-out and tenant occupancy must be provided. All proposals must include a timeline for full build-out and occupancy.
Proposals will be accepted through April 1, with the closing on sale of property to be completed by November 1.
All interested parties are asked to register online with EBIDS. Registrants will receive a complete copy of the RFP and detailed instructions. To register, visit www.huntsvilleal.gov/procurement. For questions about the proposal process, contact the City’s Procurement Office at 256-427-5060.
For more information, contact:
Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), firstname.lastname@example.org
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