By Peter Madrid for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Scottsdale has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to enter into a ground lease and option agreement for the construction and operation of a public parking structure in the downtown area. The proposed parking garage would be located on city property south of Stetson Drive between Wells Fargo Avenue and Civic Center Plaza.
The RFPs will be for a turnkey approach to include financing, design, construction operation and maintenance of the structure. Proposers must present a complete proposal to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain the parking structure on a long-term basis under a lease from city. There are no restrictions in the RFP or in the draft lease (included in the RFP) on the proposer’s ability to charge a fee for those parking in the structure.
The proposed project will be a privately operated parking structure open to the public. The parking structure must contain parking spaces available to the public as required by the contract. The number of spaces will be determined by the successful respondent, but in public discussions with the City Council it is estimated that an excess of 700 spaces can be built on the site.
There will be no additional private improvements on the subject site. However, the RFP respondent may propose limited retail at the ground level, provided that the structure would accommodate parking for the retail component, exclusive of public parking being provided in the parking structure.
“This garage and the unique approach we are taking is important as Downtown Scottsdale has seen significant success in recent years in attracting technology firms and support services from fulfillment centers to sales and claims professionals serving the tech industry,” said Danielle Casey, Scottsdale’s Economic Development Director. “However, the way offices are being used has changed significantly and higher parking ratio requirements are being demanded by prospective tenants in downtowns.
“Additional spaces overall and the ability for companies to secure additional, unrestricted spaces for their employees (much of the free public parking in Downtown Scottsdale has 3-hour limits) is necessary to continue to attract firms that in turn support a thriving downtown and an active daytime population. This is a new approach for Scottsdale and we are hopeful that this opportunity will garner strong interest,” Casey said.
The project site is currently zoned P-2 DO (Parking P-2 District, Vehicle Parking, Downtown Overlay). Permitted uses include surface parking lots and parking structures. The project site will be the subject of a city-initiated rezoning application to the Downtown Multiple Use – Type 2 Planned Block Development. The Downtown Character Plan designates the project site and the majority of land within the overall Downtown Plan boundary as being a Downtown Multiple Use Urban Neighborhood.
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