Milwaukee County, in collaboration with the City of Milwaukee, has developed a rolling RFP process effective for all remaining publicly owned Park East properties, which will grant developers flexibility in defining the scope of their proposals. Rather than accepting proposals on a block-by-block basis, developers have the option of combining blocks or breaking larger blocks up by lot.
Once issued, the RFP will remain open until all available blocks of the Park East are under option. Though proposals can be submitted to the County Clerk’s office (901 N. 9th St., Room 105, Milwaukee, WI 53233) at any time, they will only be reviewed once per month; the deadline for review will be 4:00 pm on the first Monday of each month. A schedule for the 2014 deadline dates is included with the RFP materials below.
Streamlined Submission and Review
The County and City have adopted a concurrent review process. This collaboration will ensure a smoother approval process, as City input is crucial in determining whether requests for use or design changes and financial assistance might be considered.
In addition, because the City owns a portion of Block 7, having a concurrent RFP will simplify the process of including that land in a prospective development. When evaluating each proposal the RFP requires consideration of its purchase price, a proposer’s qualifications and experience, the project’s description and design, financial feasibility, zoning readiness, green design elements, disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) goals and plans, workforce hiring goals and plans (including residential hiring and apprenticeship/job training), the projected tax base and the job creation estimates. More specific evaluation criteria can be found beginning on page 20 of the RFP.
General Review Schedule:
- A rotating panel of 5 economic development professionals from the Milwaukee area, including County and City staff, will review submitted proposals once a month.
- After receiving proposals, panel members will have 2 weeks to score them and request a group interview and/or presentation from one or more of the proposers.
- Interviews/presentations by the development teams, if requested, will occur in the third week following submittal.
- After interviews/presentations are completed, the committee can recommend, reject, or hold any proposal(s), as determined in the best interests of the County and the City.
- Recommended proposals will be presented at the County’s next Economic and Community Development Committee meeting, and if passed, the full County Board meeting. If City approval is needed (i.e. there is a request for financial assistance or the inclusion of City-owned land), the proposal will simultaneously cycle through the City’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee and the Common Council.
- If all goes as planned, the review and approval process will take approximately 2 months. Once approved, negotiations will begin between the developer, County and the City (if applicable), to enter into an option to purchase and define the terms of the future development agreement. Templates of the County’s Option Agreement and Development Agreement are included in the RFP. Any requested deviations from the template agreements should be included in the RFP response.
Attachment A – Conflict of Interest Stipulation
Attachment B – Sworn Statement of Bidder
Attachment C – Cover Sheet for Proposal
Attachment D – Certification Regarding Debarment and Suspension
Attachment E – Proprietary Information Disclosure Form
Attachment F – Purchase Price Offer Form
Attachment G – Legals and Maps
Attachment H – Topographical Maps
Attachment I – Development Code excerpts
Attachment J – MMSD easement
Attachment K1 – Summary of Environmental Investigations – Parcel 129 (Blk 1)
Attachment K2 – Summary of Environmental Investigations – Parcel 131 (Blk 1)
Attachment K3 – Summary of Environmental Investigations – Parcel 37 (Blk 2)
Attachment K4 – Summary of Environmental Investigations – Parcel 38 (Blk 4)
Attachment K5 – Summary of Environmental Investigations – Parcel 39 (Blk 7)
Attachment L – Footing Plans
Attachment M – Prevailing Wage
Attachment N – DBE Goals and Reporting
Attachment O – Model Development Agreement
Attachment P – Model Option to Purchase
Attachment Q – PERC
Attachment R – Broker Registration Form
RFP Submitted Questions/Answers – as of 06/11/14