RFP: Plan the redevelopment and reconnection of a crucial downtown area (Connecticut)

On August 31, 2017 the Norwalk, Connecticut Common Council’s Planning Committee will take the next step in reinvigorating the library area by reviewing a request for proposals for master planning services on a private parcel next to the Main Library.

In anticipation of the City exercising an option agreement to utilize and own adjacent parcels to the Main Branch of the Norwalk Public Library, the Redevelopment Agency, in partnership with Planning and Zoning staff and Library officials, has developed a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Master Plan of the 16-acre Library Area,” wrote Tami Strauss, community development director at the Redevelopment Agency.

Sought is an urban design firm or firms, including a local land-use attorney, to prepare the master plan for the Library Block Area, which has taken on additional significance with the approval of the option agreement.

The Library Block Area is home to the library, courthouse, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Through the master plan, officials hope to correct a number of issues such as poor pedestrian connectivity, excessive asphalt areas, inaccessible parking, car dominance, and “an overall lack of cohesiveness,” according to the draft RFP.

Image via Google Maps.

See article by Robert Koch in The Hour.

See download page for Norwalk RFPs.

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