The Metro Joint Development Program is a real estate management program that collaborates with qualified developers to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) on Metro-owned properties. These properties are often parcels of land that contain Metro Rail station portals or platforms or that were acquired for parking or construction staging for transit projects.
To solicit development proposals for joint development sites, Metro issues a Request for Information and Qualifications (RFIQ) or a Request for Proposals (RFP) to interested developers. Joint development projects are typically completed using a long term ground lease to a private developer who fully entitles, environmentally clears, designs, finances, and constructs a private development on Metro’s property.
Metro’s joint development sites are a gateway to the Metro transit system and hold unique potential for shaping the built environment surrounding transit stations, which will have a significant impact on rider experience, attraction of new riders, and the urban form of the County of Los Angeles.
What Metro seeks from joint development:
- Reduced auto use/Increased transit use
- Density, but consistent with surrounding neighborhood
- Mix of uses linked to transit
- High quality design
- Upgrades to/Completion of Metro facilities
- Strong neighborhood and inter-modal link
- Pedestrian orientation
- Enhanced transit patron experience
- Long-term ground lease (typically)
- Fair market return
- Sustainable development
To date, “Design Review” of joint development projects has typically been limited to input from various Metro departments, including but not limited to Engineering, Operations, Security, Civil Rights and Communications, and has been focused on avoiding impacts to transit facilities or operations. In 2015, Metro’s Joint Development Team is launching a design review process that will meaningfully engage community stakeholders and more comprehensively consider the quality of the design, architecture and aesthetics of developments on Metro-owned property, as well as reflect the recommendations of the Metro First/Last Mile Strategic Plan’s active transportation goals and Metro’s Sustainability Policy.
The goal of this design review process is to engage stakeholders throughout the joint development process, and to demand the highest possible quality of architecture and urban design from the developers of joint development projects consistent with the projects’ economics, while maintaining the necessary technical integrity of the project with respect to Metro’s facilities.
With the new design review process, the Joint Development Team will coordinate with a hired design professional who will serve as a Design Review Consultant for joint development projects. The Consultant’s role will be to facilitate community input in the creation of Development Guidelines; assist the Joint Development Team with assessing and commenting on the design quality of proposed joint development projects; and facilitate the collection, processing and finalizing of comments from the Metro departments mentioned above, as the joint development team progresses through the negotiation of project terms with the selected developer.
Team with assessing and commenting on the design quality of proposed joint development projects; and facilitate the collection, processing and finalizing of comments from the Metro departments mentioned above, as the joint development team progresses through the negotiation of project terms with the selected developer.