RFP: City and county seek partner to help revitalize historic area by redeveloping a 3.47-acre site into a food production facility

In partnership with the City of Detroit and Wayne County, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) seek proposals from qualified development teams or end users to construct a new food manufacturing and production facility, with commercial office space and a parking structure at a prime site location within the historic Eastern Market.

The Development site is bound by Wilkins on the South, Riopelle St on the West, Erskine on the North and Orleans on the East, inclusive of three parcels, 1580 Wilkins, 3085 and 3101 Wilkins, and measures approximately 3.47 acres.

The development of this site will establish precedents for future private development within the Market Core, therefore the DEGC will consider submissions for a catalytic project that:

  1. Create spaces for modernized food manufacturing and processing facilities;
  2. Increase the density of market tenants, thereby increasing the walkability of the market;
  3. Provide additional space to support the public market and a parking structure; and
  4. Includes sustainable design principles.

The development parameters include the new construction of a facility with up to four floors. The first floor is intended for food processing, manufacturing, production, or distribution. Floors two through four will support similar or other commercial uses including office, R &D and other similar uses.

The redevelopment site also allows for the construction of a multi-story parking deck. The height of the street facing sections of the parking deck should be like those of the Eastern Market Public Market Sheds, which could be utilized to extend market vendor space for the public market or space for public market support services.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm
Contact: Catherine Frazier at cfrazier@degc.org

See complete RFP (PDF).

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