Nicollet Hotel Block Request for Proposals

July 2005

View Amended RFP (PDF, 40 pages, 1.18 MB)

The deadline for this RFP was Sept. 15, 2005.

Exhibits and reference materials are listed below

Please check this website regularly for announcements and updates.

RFP Update – Sept. 28, 2005

The deadline for development proposals for the Nicollet Hotel Block was Sept. 15, 2005, and no development proposals were received in response to the RFP. Therefore the Nicollet Hotel Block RFP is now officially closed. However, the City did receive a letter from the Opus Group requesting discussions with the City about a possible land swap and development of the Nicollet Hotel Block and the Powers Block, which is included in the attached document. The City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit are currently evaluating the response received from Opus.

CPED staff report and Opus Group letter

RFP Summary

The City of Minneapolis issued an amended RFP for the Nicollet Hotel Block in July 2005. The amended RFP replaces in its entirety the original RFP issued in July 2004, along with its exhibits and addenda. It provides information on the Nicollet Hotel Block project that was not available a year ago, including updates on the City and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements and details on the City of Minneapolis Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The amended RFP also reflects the enactment of legislation during the 2005 Legislative session that provides a public bidding exemption for transit facilities. This exemption will now allow a unified approach to the Nicollet Hotel Block project, rather than separate public bidding of the transit terminal by the City apart from RFP for the private mixed-use component of the project.

The Nicollet Hotel Block is the former site of a historic hotel and is considered the gateway to Downtown Minneapolis. The block borders the emerging Minneapolis Central Public Library and is located on two landmark arterials: Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue. The new Hiawatha Light Rail line runs two blocks away.

Development objectives call for a mixed-use transit oriented project that will include a publicly funded underground transit terminal, up to 300 units of rental or ownership housing, structured residential parking, and convenience retail.

Development proposals were due no later than 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time, September 15, 2005.

View Nicollet Hotel Block RFP  (PDF, 40 pages, 1.18 MB)

For more information, contact Jerry LePage, (612) 673-5240.

Pre-proposal reference materials

2005 Pre-proposal conference materials

A pre-proposal conference was held August 19, 2005 with an informational presentation on various aspects for the project and a question and answer period.

Sign-in sheet

Conference notes

(Pre-proposal conference material from 2004: Conference notes, sign-in sheet, RFP team member listing)

Additional RFP materials

Transit terminal schematics (PDF, 448 KB, 4 pages)
In May 2003, early in the Terminal planning process, the City hired BWBR Architects to prepare some preliminary schematic options for the layout and functional operation of the Transit Terminal. These drawings are being posted on the RFP website for illustrative purposes only. Some components of these plans are NOT approvable by the City of Minneapolis because they are not in conformance with the adopted policies and regulations of the City of Minneapolis.

Metro Transit comments on the option regarding the possible closing of the Nicollet Mall (pages 9 and 10 of the RFP).

Online questions and answers

Review questions and answers

Exhibits

a) Minneapolis Economic Progress Report (PDF, 703 KB)

b) Minneapolis Downtown and Riverfront Development Map

c) State Legislation on Public Bidding Exemption, (sections 12.2 to 12.34, pages 7-8)

d) Nicollet Hotel Block Property Information (PDF, 56 KB) and Property information web link 

e) Development Objectives for the North Nicollet Mall (9-29-00) (PDF, 31 pages, 6.85 MB)

f) Full FTA Guidelines for Joint Development Projects (PDF, 48 KB)

g) Metro Transit Lay-Over Terminal and Passenger Waiting Areas (PDF, 86 KB)

h) Excerpts from City of Minneapolis Parking Ordinance (Title 20, Chapter 541) (PDF, 40 pages, 339 KB) Minneapolis City Ordinances are online.

i) Articles I, II, III, and V from Chapter 549 of the Minneapolis Zoning Code (Downtown Districts)

j) Phase I Environmental Assessment, Part A - body  (PDF, 151 KB), Part B - appendix (PDF, 3.25 MB)

k) Site Bedrock Elevation Information (PDF, 17 KB)

l) Letter from Owner of Marquette Plaza (former Federal Reserve Building) – Possible Underground Connection (PDF, 44 KB)

m) Listing of TOD project websites (PDF, 12 pages, 1.97 MB)

n) Environmental Assessment – FTA (PDF, 105 pages, 7.1 MB)

o) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Letter (PDF, 11 pages, 454 KB)

p) Memorandum of Agreement between City, SHPO, and FTA (PDF, 93 KB)

q) Consent for Release of Response Data Form (doc)

r) CPED Development Proposal Form (doc)

s) CPED 20-year Cash Flow Form (xls)

t) Offer to Purchase Form (doc)

u) City of Minneapolis DBE Plan – Transit Terminal (PDF, 1.68 MB)

v) DBE Developer Agreement (doc)

w) DBE FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Sheet (doc)

x) CPED Prevailing Wages & Apprenticeship Requirements (PDF, 314 KB)

y) City of Minneapolis Affordable Housing Policy (PDF, 25 KB)

z) City Developer Fee Policy (PDF, 86 KB)

Links to examples of transit oriented developments

(see also Exhibit M - Listing of TOD project websites)

1. Silver Spring, Maryland/Washington, D.C.;
Transit-Oriented Development: Strategies to Promote Vibrant Communities (pdf)

2. King County, Washington

3. San Francisco, California

4. California TOD projects

5. Massachusetts TOD projects

6. Denver TOD projects

Last updated Sept. 28, 2005

Last updated May. 8, 2012