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Royal Street Bus Garage RFP Process and FAQs

What is an RFP?

An RFP is an abbreviation for a Request for Proposals.  While an agency or owner can issue an RFP to solicit a variety of services or products, in this case, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is issuing the RFP to invite developers to submit development scenarios for the redevelopment of the existing bus garage site. 

WMATA, in consultation with the City and the community, has agreed to include specific redevelopment parameters and design standards within the RFP to ensure desired public benefits are clear to prospective developers and are achieved through the redevelopment of the site. 

What is the timing of the RFP?

Prior to issuing the RFP, WMATA has agreed to participate with the City and the community to establish redevelopment parameters and design standards for inclusion in the RFP.  The redevelopment parameters and design standards will be developed, through a City Manager appointed ad hoc advisory committee, beginning in January 2014.  It is anticipated that the redevelopment parameters and design standards will be finalized and transmitted to WMATA by late spring 2014 and the RFP will be issued in the summer. 

How can community members participate in the development of the RFP?

An Ad-Hoc Community Advisory Committee will be appointed by the City Manager, and will include appointed officials, adjacent residents, major property owners and representatives of civic, community and business organizations with an interest in the site.  The Committee members will also serve as ambassadors, by reporting back to the boards, commissions and civic associations that they represent and communicating the comments, suggestions and positions of their group to the Committee. 

The community is invited to attend each meeting of the Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee, as well as a public meeting to provide feedback on the draft redevelopment parameters and design standards.  The public is also encouraged to participate through an online comment board to provide a forum for comments on the final draft redevelopment parameters and design standards. 

What are redevelopment parameters and design standards?

The City will conduct a community outreach process to establish the redevelopment parameters and design standards, which will ultimately provide guidance for prospective developers through the RFP.  The redevelopment parameters and design standards may include, but are not limited to elements such as requirements for maximum density and height, building scales and transitions, underground parking, public open space, affordable housing and enhanced stormwater management.  While some of the established standards may be specific, such as a maximum height, other standards may be defined as a range.