RFQ: Urban Redevelopment Authority seeks redevelopers to revitalize corridor in the Middle Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (URA) is requesting qualifications from one or more redevelopers or redevelopment teams to participate in the revitalization of the Centre Avenue Corridor in the Middle Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

In Pennsylvania, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is requesting qualifications from one or more developers or development teams (Developer(s)) to participate in the revitalization of the Centre Avenue Corridor in the Middle Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Interested Developers are invited to submit qualifications and project concepts to purchase and redevelop any of the scattered, publicly-owned sites listed in this Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

The goal of this RFQ is to select Developers to work to implement uses and further the concepts that have been articulated by the community as described in the 2015 Centre Avenue Corridor Redevelopment and Design Plan (Corridor Plan) included as Exhibit “A”, and Greater Hill District Master Plan (GHDMP) included as Exhibit “B”.

Central to these plans are the following priorities: creating opportunities for minority and local Developers; revitalizing Centre Avenue as the neighborhood’s primary retail, institutional, and cultural node as well as a strong residential neighborhood; building upon the African American cultural legacy; creating family-friendly housing without displacement; fostering economic empowerment; and producing comprehensive sustainability and quality design.

Interested Developers should familiarize themselves with the principles in these planning documents, and any future proposed development should reflect these concepts.

The URA anticipates issuing this RFQ in phases and selecting multiple Developers throughout the numerous phases. Following the initial due date listed below, the URA will:

  • review and evaluate responses received;
  • solicit community input, and if appropriate; and
  • make recommendations for consideration by the URA Board of Directors.

Following initial URA Board vote, the URA will then re-release this RFQ, amended to reflect a revised list of available sites accounting for projects and commitments made in prior phase(s).

Any recommendation to the URA Board of Directors is neither a commitment of financial nor other public subsidy and must be taken into consideration by Developers. There is the availability of several sources of pre-development and project financing as described in Section 4d in this RFQ. Developers meeting the thresholds or requirements will have the opportunity to apply for or pursue these sources independent from this RFQ evaluation and selection process.

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Issue Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
Qualifications Due Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Noon ET

See complete RFQ.

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