RFQ: Development team is wanted to do mixed-use redevelopment of site that will help revitalize this Detroit neighborhood

The City of Detroit, Michigan’s Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD) and Planning and Development Department (PDD) seek a qualified development team for a mixed-use redevelopment located at 12449 Conant in the Banglatown neighborhood.

Proposals may include a combination of rehabilitation of the existing two-story structure and/or new construction on the adjoining surface parking lot.

The City recently completed an 18-month neighborhood framework planning initiative for the Campau/Davison/Banglatown (C/D/B) area, which is one of ten designated Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF) investment areas, a $300M effort to leverage public and private funds, which will result in comprehensive improvements to parks and open space, street and streetscapes, greenways, housing stabilization, and mixed-use development across the city of Detroit.

The C/D/B area is positioned to receive $1.6M in streetscape improvements along Conant Avenue, $1.6M in improvements to Jayne Field including: new soccer and cricket fields, new walking paths, improved basketball and tennis courts, a new splash pad and pavilion, and a new outdoor reading garden for Knapp Library.

The redevelopment site is a 2,760 square foot two-story building with 250 square feet of adjacent parking spaces. The City of Detroit seeks a well-designed development that will build on the inherent strengths of the site contributing to the overall strength of the commercial corridor and bringing diversity a diversity of retail.

The successful respondent will adhere to these guiding principles:

  • Community-Oriented Development Process: The selected development team must be transparent with residents of the community and maintain an open dialogue with stakeholders throughout the development timeline. This includes (but is not limited to) incorporating community members’ values and desires in the commercial tenant selection process, construction issues, site plan/design, decisions, and marketing any residential units during the lease up;
  • Neighborhood Scale Development: The design, scale, and quality of the building should enhance the existing housing and commercial typologies found along the Conant corridor. The commercial structures will allow observation of the street and provide pedestrians with a sense of walkability;
  • Growing Detroit’s Development Talent: The City of Detroit is committed to the development of new local developer, architect, and builder talent through the real estate projects in the Strategic Neighborhood Initiative. While not required for all participants, at least some of the partners participating in the project should be locally-based and new emerging talent in the real estate sector; and
  • Sustainable and Equitable Development: the project should support neighborhood commercial investment and job opportunities, while also incorporating design elements that promote environmental sustainability – both in the natural (i.e., natural plant species) and built environment (i.e. storm water management, LED lighting, renewable energies)

This redevelopment opportunity will leverage other upcoming Strategic Neighborhood Fund investments in the Campau/Davison/Banglatown area, including improvements to the Conant streetscape and Jayne Field.

Responses are due Friday, August 30, 2019.
Please direct all questions to 12449ConantRFQ@detroitmi.gov

Rendering courtesy of the City of Detroit.

See full request for qualifications here.

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