Delray CRA seeks new development for West Atlantic Avenue

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The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for approximately 5.07 acres of CRA-owned property along the West Atlantic Avenue corridor in the downtown area. Proposals are due to the City of Delray Beach Purchasing Division at City Hall (100 NW 1st Avenue) by 2:00 pm on Monday, May 21, 2012. Developers may submit proposals for a portion of or all of the redevelopment sites, which are located on the south side of West Atlantic Avenue between SW 6th and 9th Avenues. Most of the land is commercially zoned, with portions zoned to allow medium density residential use. Desired uses include office space, retail and restaurant uses, as well as public/shared parking that can promote pedestrian activity and bring new jobs to the area. Proposals may include the use of the CRA’s economic development incentives, designed to promote redevelopment projects and job creation. Incentives are subject to available funding and CRA board approval. Over the years, the CRA has invested heavily in the West Atlantic Avenue corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods. Recent beautification projects have improved medians, sidewalks, landscaping, alleyways and streetscapes in the area. The CRA’s most recent RFP resulted in plans to construct a new hotel along the corridor.

The current RFP contains a no-lobbying provision, prohibiting potential applicants, including their team members, consultants and representatives, from contacting CRA commissioners or staff on any matter related to the RFP. Inquiries must be submitted in writing to the City’s Procurement Official in the Purchasing Division at City Hall. Interested parties will be able to address staff directly at a voluntary pre-application meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 30, 2012, at 10:00 am, in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall. To download an electronic version of the RFP, go to http://bit.ly/xsYyOM. Questions about the RFP must be submitted in writing to the City of Delray Beach Purchasing Division, 100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444.