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Deadline extended for Dudley Street development proposals

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 7, 2013 03:07 PM

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The deadline for proposals to develop a series of Dudley Street parcels has been extended, according to the Department of Neighborhood Development, which manages the properties.

The city issued what's known as a "Request For Proposals'' on September 30 for six parcels on the busy neighborhood thoroughfare. Located in the approximate area of 483 Dudley St., the vacant lots range from 1,239 square feet to 3,800 square feet and connect for total of 14,031 square feet.

The original Nov. 5 deadline has been extended to Dec. 12 to allow DND to continue outreach and encourage more submissions, according to a department spokesperson.

The issued request calls for the construction of a series of structures to house ground floor retail space in addition to commercial and office space. Once constructed the property would be owned and managed by the developer.

Currently owned by the city, the parcels were assessed in 2013 for $131,000. No price has been set by city for the properties.

Uses that are of a particular interest to the community, according to the RFP, include sit-down coffee shops, credit unions, and institutional services. Liquor stores, hair salons, fast-food shops, and dollar stores are discouraged.

Potential proposals are also encouraged to incorporate a number of city initiatives including the Urban Agricultural Rezoning project and energy positive buildings.

The parcels are not being offered individually and any potential design would have to incorporate all the parcels into its plan. All potential plans will be evaluated based on a number of criteria including creditworthiness, ability to proceed, and conformity to the city's guidelines.

Once final proposals have been selected a community meeting sponsored by DND and its community partner, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, is expected to be held before any developer is tentatively designated.

Construction could begin by the fall of 2014 with the space ready for occupants by December 2015, according to DND materials.

For a copy of the RFP or more information on the property, click here.

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