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RFP: Request for Proposal
MDOT: Michigan Department of Transportation
The Michigan Department of Transportation or MDOT is nearing its request for proposals for a key property in the Detroit’s TechTown area.
Whatever comes out of this would lead to a new intermodal transportation facility, according to the department, and to think that developers have long been eyeing over taking some mixed use on the said property including the whole 3.1 acres. To give you an idea, that is about 50% bigger than the Hudson’s downtown site.
The West side of Woodward Avenue’s MDOT site, which is between Amsterdam Street to the south and Baltimore Avenue to the north, has been the main focus of developer interest for several years as the WLine streetcar was built and got completed eventually in 2017. MDOT said at that time that it was planning its RFP around that time, but it kept getting dismissed.
Just last month, Jeff Cranson, the MDOT spokesperson, that there was a meeting of key stakeholders, which includes the MDOT, the city, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Greyhound, Amtrak, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, Indian Trails, M-1 Rail, Detroit Department of Transportation, as well as the Suburban Mobility Authority on Regional Transportation – it was held last April 10 of this year.
Cranson added that it will also include nearby property owners and some representatives of surrounding developments.
MDOT’s RFP, which it hopes to issue this summer, would like to start soliciting a pre-development plan that can help assess the “transportation facility needs. Project benefits, local market, and project risks that include capital funding, funding for the operations and maintenance, and its environmental impacts.
The plan is to provide a framework to be able to solicit a master developer in the future. Being able to work on the various stakeholders and the local community on a plan can pave the way for the project to assess several development scenarios and associated benefits before ever engaging with a developer. This engagement will better inform the potential transit-oriented development in the surrounding area AND be viewed as an important step in laying out the groundwork for a successful development.
MDOT had bought the land from the General Motors Co. back in 1994 for an estimated amount of $889,000. The land has actually two parcels that are bisected by railroad tracks. The northern part of the tracks houses an Amtrak station, which is likely to get demolished. While the property on the south end of the railroad tracks is a surface parking lot.
You can get more information at the Crain’s Detroit Business News.