Asheville, NC/Riverside Drive Strategic Redevelopment Plan RFQ

Asheville, NC/Riverside Drive Strategic Redevelopment Plan RFQ

City of Asheville, North Carolina

The City of Asheville, North Carolina, cordially invites you to submit letters of interest and statements of qualifications  to complete a

Strategic Redevelopment Plan for Riverside Drive, part  of Asheville's River Arts District   

The project objective is to produce a plan that develops, integrates and synthesizes: 

• A re-use strategy and urban design concept for the city-owned 14 Riverside Drive (aka the PSNC) building, which is  a contributing historic structure but is currently vacant and in disrepair;
• A redevelopment feasibility analysis (RFA) and  strategy for selected city-owned economic development properties located to the east of the proposed realignment of Riverside Drive (that will occur on account of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project aka the RADTIP).
• An open space concept plan (OSC) and strategy for city-owned green space to the west of the proposed realignment of Riverside Drive (that will occur on account of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project, aka RADTIP).
• An appendix of issues, projects and concerns identified by the consultant, the City and the community, that reside outside the scope of work of this project but that need
further consideration.  

The recommended strategies developed as a result of these activities must aim to transform this area’s underperforming features into assets of regional significance. Special attention shall be given to strategies that strengthen the district as a place that supports arts and culture, that feature sustainable riverfront redevelopment practices, and provide a high return on investment for the community.    

A successful submittal features a  multi-disciplinary team qualified in landscape architecture, urban planning, economic research and development, and engineering.

An optional informational meeting for potential respondants will be held on Friday January 11, 2013 at 10:30 am until 12:00 pm in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza in Asheville, NC.

Letters of Interest and Statement of Qualifications for planning services will be received by Stephanie Monson Dahl, Urban Planner for Economic Development in the 5th floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville NC 28801 until 5:00 o'clock p.m. on January 25, 2013.  Questions should be directed to Steph Monson Dahl in writing only at [email protected]. Additional instructions and the project scope may be obtained at the City of Asheville web site: or at the N.C. Interactive Purchasing System web site: Economic Development 

(828) 232-4502
[email protected]
The project is made possible as part of the East of the Riverway Sustainable Neighborhood planning project, which is funded by the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant program. FTA requirements apply. The U.S. Department of Transportation (FTA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) goals are a part of this contract.  The prime bidder acknowledges the DBE overall goal for participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms and subcontractors on this project have been set by the City of Asheville, NC at  14%, in accordance with Federal Regulation, 49CFR, Part 26, dated February 1999. DBE firms must be registered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and listed as a DBE in there directory, found at:  If bidders are having trouble using the Directory please contact Yuri Koslen, Transit Projects Coordinator and DBE Liaison Officer at (828) 232-4522 or [email protected].) Prime bidders are expected to break up contract as necessary into economically feasible units to facilitate DBE participation. 

Posted January 4, 2013

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