|Agency:||American Planning Association|
|Type of Government:||State & Local|
|Posted Date:||May 26, 2021|
|Due Date:||Jun 24, 2021|
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Request for Proposals - Village of Wheeling, Illinois
Restaurant Row Corridor Plan & Riverwalk Feasibility Study
The Village of Wheeling, population 38,555, a home rule community in the north-suburban Chicago area, is requesting proposals to create a unique, multi-discipline plan to reinvigorate Wheeling's Restaurant Row on Milwaukee Avenue through effective branding, place-making and strategies to fill available restaurant spaces, as well as to conduct a study of the feasibility of creating a riverwalk along the western edge of the Des Plaines River to help enhance the commercial businesses on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue by connecting them to this natural amenity.
The defined study area encompasses nearly all properties on Milwaukee Avenue within Wheeling as well as the abutting land along the Des Plaines River. Particular attention will be given to existing restaurant buildings as well as properties on Milwaukee Avenue that can accommodate food and beverage users.
Wheeling's historic origins are closely tied to the hospitality industry: the community arose from a string of inns, taverns, and eateries that served travelers stopping overnight between Chicago and the Wisconsin Territory via the overland trail now known as Milwaukee Avenue. Since the 1970s, various iconic restaurants have operated along that thoroughfare — including Bob Chinn's Crab House, Le Francais, Phil Stefani's Tuscany, and Boston Fish Market, among others — which resulted in Milwaukee Avenue becoming known as Restaurant Row. However, the habits of dining patrons are ever-changing, and the Village of Wheeling is looking to take a proactive approach to ensure that Wheeling's Restaurant Row remains vibrant for future generations, one that respects existing establishments while laying the groundwork to capture new trends in the hospitality industry. The Village believes that creating a defined district through effective branding, establishing a unified streetscape design, and cohesively integrating several restaurant-themed elements along Milwaukee Avenue can help enhance the existing restaurant base and attract new food and beverage establishments.
In addition to enhancing Restaurant Row, the Village of Wheeling is desirous to determine the feasibility of constructing a riverwalk network up and down the west bank of the Des Plaines River to help connect properties on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue, especially restaurants, to this riverwalk. This concept is not new, as a riverwalk was recommended in the Wheeling Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2003 . However, recent attention has been directed to Milwaukee Avenue / Restaurant Row and the idea of a riverwalk as identified in the adopted 2021–2025 Wheeling Strategic Plan .
While in concept a riverwalk might extend from the north end of Wheeling by the Westin hotel heading south to Dam #1 Woods-West Picnic Grove, the reality is that there would be many private property owners, FEMA floodplain regulations, and other government agencies to work through in order to achieve this project scope. As such, alternative designs and project considerations are strongly encouraged to help evaluate the practicality of this concept throughout the Study Area.
To lay the groundwork for the Restaurant Row Corridor & Riverwalk Feasibility Study, the Village is requesting proposals that will advance the three main elements associated with the study, which are as follows:
Three overarching tasks associated with the Restaurant Row Corridor & Riverwalk Feasibility Study are outlined below.
Task 1 – Assess existing conditions, trends, and insights regarding Restaurant Row and the west bank of the Des Plaines River. This assessment may include:
Task 2 – Conceptual Designs and Alternative Riverwalk Evaluation
Task 3 – Final Report and Implementation of the Three Main Elements
Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Four (4) sealed paper copies must be delivered to:
Patrick Ainsworth, Director of Economic Development
Economic Development Department
2 Community Boulevard – Second Floor
Wheeling, IL 60090
Proposals submitted after the due date and time will not be accepted.
Note: Proposals will not be opened until the above-listed deadline. Please do not provide electronic copies unless asked to do so by the Village of Wheeling.
Each submittal must include the information listed below, organized into the following six sections. Submittals should include material such as descriptions of sample projects, résumés of principal personnel, and references.
If at least one consultant group requests clarification regarding the RFP, then Village staff will hold a virtual meeting on June 4, 2021 at 11 am. Invitations will only be emailed to teams that request a meeting. Meeting requests shall be sent to PMAinsworth@wheelingil.gov ; requestors will receive a link with the webinar login in response.
Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process
Village staff will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria and ranking percentage:
Village staff will evaluate the proposals and determine the best consultant team to perform the work. Consultant interviews may be held if two or more proposals receive the highest ranking. The Village reserves the right to reject all proposals and release a new Request for Proposals if none of the proposals received by the deadline is found to be acceptable.
ESTIMATED PROJECT schedule
May 24, 2021 — Release Request for Proposals
June 4, 2021 — Village Staff hosts webinar for project description and Q&A (if requested);
June 24, 2021 — Responses due; responses opened
July 7–12, 2021 — Potential interviews with select consultant groups
July 22, 2021 — Selected consultant group notified
July 26, 2021 — Contract negotiations begin between Village and selected consultant group
August 16, 2021 — Village Board consideration of contract with selected consultant group
September 2021 — Project kickoff
Q1/Q2 2022 — Project completion
Please contact Patrick Ainsworth, AICP, Economic Development Director, with the Village of Wheeling at 847.499.9094 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to request the PDF version of this RFP.
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