The City of Dallas (City), through its Office of Economic Development (ECO) and theDallas Public Library (DPL) are seeking private partners to develop a mixed-useproperty that includes a new library branch in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood.ECO received a HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant in 2010 to improve linksbetween housing and employment centers along the Dallas Area Rapid Transit(DART) light rail network. The first component of the grant was to initiate areaplans at five DART station throughout the City. The City-initiated land use processfunded by the grant, known as
, includes a catalyst development conceptat each of five study areas: Vickery Meadow, MLK Station, Hatcher Station, BucknerStation and the Lancaster Corridor. This RFP seeks partners for the centerpiecedevelopment of the Vickery Meadow plan, a mixed-use project including a new DPLbranch on City-owned property at 8255 Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75231. The intent of the mixed-use library project is to provide new mixed income housingin a neighborhood setting that serves as a new center of the local community andprovides a financial model for future redevelopment activities in Vickery Meadow.
Anticipated Benefits to the Proposer
This request for proposals (RFP) presents an opportunity for experienced mixed-usedevelopers to gain access to a site that is near Park Lane Station, NorthPark Center,the Shops at Park Lane, North Central Expressway, and Greenville Avenue. TheProposer may find the following to be beneficial:1.The inclusion of a library provides a ground-floor anchor and will generatetraffic for retail and other uses, as well as provide a unique on-site amenityfor prospective residents.2.The cost of rent or purchase of the city-owned land could offset most or all of the expenses of constructing a shell library space on the ground floor of thedevelopment.3.Parking reductions are available due to the site’s proximity to the DARTstation, the inclusion of affordable housing, and the potential for sharedparking for daytime and evening uses.
The City desires to solicit proposals from private developers and firms related to thepotential development of the library property. The proposal submissions shall:
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