By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Litchfield Park this week issued a Request for Information as its seeks to determine interest in its City Center project.
The city has assembled 24 acres that it wants to see developed into a “highly visible social, cultural, and economic amenity” in the heart of the community. Respondents are invited to a pre-submittal meeting and site tour at 10 a.m. on Wed., March 16 (RSVP required). City staff will provide an overview of the RFP and answer questions from attendees. Potential respondents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Responses to the RFI are due by 5 p.m., Fri., April 1.
The project site is located close to Interstate 10 and the Loop 303 on the east side of Litchfield Road. Of the 24 acres of city-owned property, 22 acres are currently vacant. The historic Litchfield Park City Hall is located on 2 acres of that property. The advantage of the site is that all of the property is city owned and requires no assemblage.
The site is served by water, sewer, and power, although future uses may require investment to serve a larger development project. City Economic Developer Jim Rumpeltes stated they hadn’t yet considered infrastructure investments for the development, but that would be determined with the eventual developer.
The city currently lacks comfortable spaces for community gathering and social events. Ultimately, the city wants to sell the property to one or more developers, who would develop a variety of uses for the land, including:
- Restaurant, retail & entertainment
- Surface or structured parking
- City Hall offices
- Public Spaces
Some other optional uses could include:
- Meeting space and guest rooms to complement the nearby Wigwam Resort
- Support of city festivals and special events
Other development uses will be considered. The city has not specified square footage standards.
A unique aspect of this RFI is that the City is looking for development teams to be involved in the planning process, before a public development RFP is released in May. The last update to the planning documents occurred almost 20 years ago in 1996, and the City understands an update is required.
The City wants a truly unique development, serving the community in a multitude of ways. A portion of the eventual development will be occupied by the City. How the agreement plays out will be determined with the successful developer after the official development RFP is negotiated later this year.
The city will review the submittals and may compile a short list of potential developers by April 1. In May, the city will publish a Request for Proposals and invite the short list to respond. Deadline for the RFP will be in June.
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