RFP Success: Ambitious Downtown PPP Project in Aiken, South Carolina Receives 4 Bids
The City of Aiken receives serious out-of-state interest for its proposed “Design-Build-Operate-Maintain” downtown development project and public private partnership
Only one developer will ultimately be selected, but the City of Aiken has a high level of interest and several proposals from qualified developers to form a public-private partnership and undertake a proposed downtown revitalization project.
Just release in December 2016, the multi-site RFP included several design elements, such as housing, retail, office and parking garage, but also a number of other specific requirements. Developers were required to name the architectural firm, attorneys and engineers they would hire in their proposals. The city even required the winning developer to agree to meet with all the business owners on the block subject to the RFP. And to cool concerns that existing businesses would be pushed out, the city took the unusual step of requiring proposals include a documented track record of tenants who might have been displaced by past projects.
Notwithstanding the specific scope and clearly defined plan, the city received four strong proposals to the delight of local officials. “This is an ambitious and innovative approach to breathing new life, new business and new people into our Downtown all while making sure we’re preserving and protecting the historic character we cherish in Aiken,” Council member Philip Merry reported to WRDW/WAGT.
Of the four developers submitting proposals, three come from out of state: Carbon Properties, LLC of Charlotte, RAL Development Services, LLC of New York, NY, WW-TW Enterprises, LLC of Graniteville, South Carolina and Southeastern Development Associates of Augusta, Georgia.
Now officials will evaluate the four proposals submitted and make their best choice, with many happy groundbreakings to come and a more vibrant downtown to follow.
View and download this RFP (now closed).