August 10, 2018

                         REQUEST FOR “EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST”

PROJECT

The Renaissance City Development Association (RCDA) and the City of New London are soliciting “Expressions of Interest” from qualified development firms, for the redevelopment of a prior multi-family residential complex proximate to the State of Connecticut Pier facility in New London Harbor.

The desired development program would include either commercial or mixed-use commercial and light industrial/manufacturing, consistent with the Waterfront Commercial-Industrial (WC-1) zoning classification, Section 550 of the City of New London Zoning Regulations. Preferred uses include facilities that would support the existing State Pier facility, such as bulk shipping and storage facilities, manufacturing, fabrication, processing and/or assembly of goods and products. Other uses enumerated in the WC-1 zone would be considered, but not as a priority use. Residential, commercial recreation, and non-profit uses will not be considered.

TARGETED PARCEL

As shown on the attached air photo, the subject parcel is approximately 12 acres in area and is located on Crystal Avenue. Further described as Map F09, Block 246 and Lot 1. The property is proximate to I-95, with direct access to this major interstate and points north and south. Dedicated freight rail lines, operated by Genessee & Wyoming are readily available, as well as the State Port Authority facilities currently operated by LogisTech. New London’s harbor is one of only three deep water ports in Connecticut. It is noted, that the channel depth is regularly maintained due to the location of the United States Submarine facility in Groton and there are no height/vertical restrictions between Long Island Sound and the port facilities. The parcel is currently zoned R-4 (Residential). RCDA  and the City Office of Development & Planning will be pursuing a zone change to Waterfront Commercial-Industrial (WC-1) to facilitate the development project.  

 BACKGROUND

 The subject property was formerly occupied by the Thames River Apartment complex, under the ownership and management of the New London Housing Authority. The New London Housing Authority has just completed the relocation of 360 residents under a federal HUD Housing Voucher Program. The property is vacant and is in the process of being conveyed to the City of New London, in accordance with a HUD property disposition process. RCDA will act as the City of New London’s agent and is charged with managing the process of securing a development agreement with a qualified developer.

 The City of New London and RCDA have determined that the highest and best use of the property, is to redevelop the parcel in a manner that will either support or compliment the anticipated economic growth at the State Pier facility. The current assessed value of the property is $5,486,250.

 The property will be sold “AS-IS”. Accordingly, the chosen developer will be required to abate and demolish the existing structures as part of the project plan and development agreement. The City of New London has possession of environmental assessment documents, completed as part of the federal “Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) environmental review required in the HUD property disposition process. The subject property has been determined to not be an Establishment and is not subject to the State of Connecticut Transfer Act.   The FONSI determined that there will be no significant environmental or other impacts associated with the disposition or demolition of the structures/property. A 2016 estimate, conducted by another party, placed the cost of abatement & demolition at approximately $1 million.

 Electronic copies of the Environmental Reports are available upon request from RCDA. Email either PDavis@RCDA.co  or  FMcLaughlin@RCDA.co  and the information will be provided in a timely manner.

SELECTION FOR INTERVIEWS

RCDA staff and designated representatives of the City of New London Office of Development & Planning will comprise the Project Team. The Project Team will review and select responding firms for interviews based on the following criteria:

·     Previous experience in design, construction and operation of mixed-use commercial and/or light industrial projects;

·     Previous experience in environmental abatement and demolition of structures such as those present on the site;

·     Engineering and site planning capabilities;

·     Experience in compiling market and feasibility studies;

·     Bios and experience of key employees/partners;

·     Financial capability; and

·     Local & Minority business hiring practices.

SUBMISSION SCHEDULE

Sealed responses, clearly marked, “Crystal Avenue Redevelopment; Expression of Interest”, must be filed with RCDA at its offices located at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT 06320, to the attention of Peter W. Davis, Executive Director, no later than 2:00 P.M. September 13, 2018. A minimum of eight (8) copies should be provided. RCDA staff will open and log the submissions, which will then be distributed to the Project Team for review. Qualified respondents will be invited to make a presentation to the Project Team no later than September 30, 2018.

RCDA, the Project Team and the City of New London expressly reserve the right to reject any-and- all submissions.

Peter W. Davis
Peter W. Davis
Executive Director, RCDA

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