19-074 - Purchase & Redevelop 74 Irvington StreetEnd date: Friday February 8, 2019 at 2 p.m.
The due date for proposal submittals has been postponed until 2:00PM (EST) on FEBRUARY 8, 2019.
The amounts available for CDBG funding have been adjusted to the following limits:
o 427 Bay Street may be awarded funds up to $25,000.00 and;
o 74 Irvington Street may be awarded CDBG funds up to $40,000.00
Additional Open House Dates:
427 Bay Street:
1/24/19 at 11:00 a.m. and;
1/29/19 at 2:00 p.m.
74 Irvington Street:
1/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. and;
1/29/19 at 3:00 p.m.
74 Irvington Street
The City is requesting proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of 74 Irvington Street (06975-0015) in the Forest Park neighborhood of Springfield, MA. This is a City owned property that consists of a 6,242 square foot lot that includes a 2 ½ story, vacant, residential property that is zoned Residence A. The property is on a corner lot where Irvington Street, Trinity Terrace and Morningside Park meet. Assessed Value - $149,500
The property will be open on the following dates and times for interested proposers to view:
• November 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
• December 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
• December 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
• January 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Additional access to the properties may be requested and will be granted at the sole discretion of the City of Springfield by contacting Tina Quagliato Sullivan, Director of DRC at 413-750-2114 or emailing email@example.com.
The property is on a corner lot where Irvington Street, Trinity Terrace and Morningside Park meet.
The City is most interested in proposals that will renovate 74 Irvington Street to an owner- occupied, single-family house. Renovations should incorporate restoration of historic elements and should be historically appropriate to the home and the surrounding neighborhood.
74 Irvington Street is located within Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood. The Forest Park neighborhood was designed as a Victorian garden district, developed between 1880 and 1920. The neighborhood begins one mile South of Springfield’s Metro Center and is the second largest City neighborhood. It contains 2,103 acres of land, 41% of which is conservation or parkland. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Mill River and Lake Massasoit to the north; Longmeadow, Massachusetts to the south; the Connecticut River to the west and the Highland Division Railroad to the east. To the west, 1-91 separates Forest Park from the Connecticut River.
The neighborhood surrounds the 735-acre Frederick Law Olmstead designed Forest Park, for which the neighborhood is named. Within the park is a zoo, walking and hiking trails, promenades, playgrounds, lakes and ponds, a formal rose garden, the Barney Carriage House, sculptures, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, bocce courts, lawn bowling fields, and a hockey arena, Cyr Arena. From May through October the Farmer’s Market in Forest Park provides fresh agricultural products from small, urban farms and other locally sourced products. During the winter holiday season, the park features a lighting display, Bright Nights, a 2.6-mile trail of large, intricate, animated lighting displays. The display has become known as the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience. It has been named seven times as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America by the American Bus Association, listed on People.com as “One of the Top Ten Holiday Happenings in America,” and been featured in the New York Times, and magazines that include Motorhome, Colonial Homes, Yankee and U.S. Airways, as well as on Yahoo.com.
The neighborhood also contains the municipally owned 18-hole Franconia Municipal Golf Course, which was designed by John Van Kleek, Wayne Stiles and Geoffrey Cornish.
A 195-acre section of the neighborhood consists of the Forest Parks Heights Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of the Historic Places in 1982. The historic district contains 600-homes in the Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne and Shingle Styles. The neighborhood was names one of the Northeast’s “Best Old House Neighborhoods” by This Old House publication in 2010.
The Forest Park neighborhood also contains a branch library, the Jewish Community Center, and a commercial district known as the "X," at the intersection of Sumner Avenue, Belmont Avenue, and Dickinson Street.
The City is providing a development incentive of up to $15,000 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds which will be available to qualified developers that demonstrate capacity to comply with the requirements of federal funding. All projects will be required to meet the HUD Elimination of Slums and Blight, on a Spot Basis National Objective, therefore only exterior repairs that address code enforcement violations and/or public health and safety concerns will be eligible for funding under this program.
For more information on HUD National Objective requirements you may visit the following website http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=DOC_16472.pdf
There will be no income restrictions applied to these funds. The City will require review and approval of all proposed exterior changes to the property by the Office of Planning and Economic Development prior to transfer. Renovations should incorporate restoration of historic elements and should be historically appropriate to the home and the surrounding neighborhood. The City will seek proposals that take into consideration the exterior appearance of 74 Irvington Street as it appears in the 1939 photograph.
The CDBG funds will be disbursed in the form of an interest free, forgivable loan not to exceed $15,000 for approved exterior improvements such as roof, window, structural repairs, etc.
Utilizing the federal incentive funding for redevelopment will require the property to be de-leaded and to meet federal housing quality standards for residential projects.
The loan will be paid out as reimbursement of expenditures. Developers will be required to submit detailed invoices, that include back-up documentation including receipts, photographs showing completed work and proof of all payments to the City for review and approval before funding will be paid out. The City will review all payment requests and backup documentation and approve or deny payment within thirty (30) days. City review of invoices may involve progress inspections by a qualified Building Inspector and/or Housing Rehabilitation Specialist.
The City reserves the right to hold-back up to 5% of the development incentive until completion of the entire project. The loan will be forgiven upon issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy by the Springfield Building Commissioner, a passed Federal Housing Quality Inspection by the Office of Housing and submission of valid lead compliance letters from a certified lead inspector.
The City will consider highly advantageous only those redevelopment proposals that involve owner-occupancy by the proposer, or that include sale to an owner-occupant following restoration. In anticipation of this the City anticipates recording a deed restriction that requires a five year period of owner-occupancy once redevelopment is complete.
Proposers should also be aware of other potential incentives including the federal and state 20% tax credit for historic rehabilitation as well as the Community Preservation Act of which Springfield is now a participant which makes limited funding available on annual basis for impactful preservation projects.
Questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to the Chief Procurement Officer. In order to provide prompt answers to questions, the City requests that all proposers submit written questions to the City of Springfield’s, Office of Procurement by January 9, 2019. Questions should be faxed, or emailed to the following:
Office of Procurement
36 Court Street, Room 307
Springfield, MA 01103
Fax Number: (413) 787-6295
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The City will compile written answers which will be sent in written format to all Proposers who requested a copy of the RFP, no later than January 14, 2019.
To maintain a fair and impartial competitive process, the City will only answer written questions submitted to the Chief Procurement Officer. Private communication is not allowed with any RFP Review Committee Member or other City staff during the proposal preparation and evaluation period. Proposers who initiate private communication or attempt to violate the process outlined herein will be disqualified.
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