By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Phoenix last week issued a Request for Proposals to develop an oddly shaped little patch of land next to the Central and Camelback light rail station.
Issued by the city’s Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD), the request is for the purchase and redevelopment of the 27KSF site, located southwest of the intersection, which was formerly improved as a bus loading area for a municipal transit center.
The site, which is in the Uptown District, is zoned C-2 Intermediate Commercial and R-3 Multiple Family Residence. It also lies within the Transit-Oriented Zoning Overlay District 1 and a small portion is included in the High Rise District, a designation shared with adjacent parcels east of the site.
Minimum purchase price for the site is $788,800, which was the assessed value as of last September. Key strengths of the site are its location, as well as the potential to assemble it with adjacent undeveloped parcels to create a larger development parcel. An assembled larger site would open up opportunities for a more significant development, according to the request.
The city wants to see a plan to optimize future use of the site with a dense, mixed-use development project that takes advantage of its prominent location and light rail connection. Enhanced street level amenities should promote walkability and maximize connectivity to bus routes, light rail, pedestrian links and bicycle paths.
The proposed project should be compatible with the Walkable Urban Code and the Uptown Transit Oriented Development Policy Plan, which focuses on land uses that facilitate urban living. Some of these may include office, retail, restaurant, residential, structured parking and civic spaces.
A number of other city plans and programs apply to the area – details and links to these plans are included in the RFP.
The city will host a pre-proposal meeting at 9.am. on March 11 for prospective respondents – attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required. Deadline for responses is 11 a.m. on April 6.
Contact for proposal inquiries is Procurement Officer Isis Sanchez at 602-261-8060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.