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Four Developers Advancing in Selection Process

Metro released a Request for Interest/Qualifications (RFI/Q) for the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station on August 27, 2018. The RFI/Q set expectations for a high quality project consistent with stakeholder priorities and Metro’s mission of creating Transit Oriented Communities (TOC). Eight proposals were received in January 2019. After thorough evaluation, four top-scoring development teams have been selected to respond to a formal Request for Proposals (RFP). Responses to the RFP are due in August.

RFI/Q evaluations focused primarily on the relevant experience of the proposer teams, and their project concepts’ alignment with priorities detailed in the Opportunity Overview . The RFP  requires these four developers to submit additional details on their project proposals.

In late summer/early fall 2019, Metro staff will host a public event during which these four firms will have the opportunity to present their proposals to community stakeholders for feedback. Staff will notify the public once the date for this event is set. Please encourage your network to sign up to receive project updates .

RFP responses will be scored on the following:

  • Vision, scope and design
  • Public benefits associated with the project
  • Financial feasibility/sustainability
  • Response to community feedback and outreach plan
  • Project timeline and feasibility

Following evaluation and scoring of the RFP proposals, staff anticipates recommending the Metro Board authorize entering into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement and Planning Document (ENA) in late 2019/early 2020 with the highest scoring proposer. Once an ENA is executed, the selected developer will be required to engage with stakeholders to further refine the project concept.

Any questions related to the RFP must be submitted to Gina Romo, Principal Contract Administrator, at or 213.922.7558.

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