44th Avenue Subarea Plan? Consulting Services

Agency: City of Wheat Ridge
State: Colorado
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
Posted Date: Sep 9, 2019
Due Date: Sep 26, 2019
Solicitation No: RFP-19-15
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44th Avenue Subarea Plan Consulting Services
Thursday, September 26, 2019 by 4:00 PM our clock
Mandatory Pre-Proposal meeting Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Wheat Ridge City Hall
Questions due Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 by noon

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
RFP-19-15
Submittal Due Date: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
BY 4:00 PM our clock
44th AVENUE SUBAREA PLAN
CONSULTING SERVICES
SEALED SUBMITTALS MUST BE MAILED OR DELIVERED TO:
City of Wheat Ridge Municipal Building
Attention: Jennifer Nellis, CPPB
BID - Purchasing & Contracting Division
7500 W 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-235-2811 Fax: 303-234-5924
DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
PURCHASING & CONTRACTING DIVISION
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ ENTIRE DOCUMENT
Per the attached specifications, terms and conditions.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE ANY PAGES FROM THIS BID DOCUMENT
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CITY OF WHEAT RIDGE
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RFP-19-14
44th AVENUE SUBAREA PLAN
CONSULTING SERVICES
Project Overview/Scope: The City of Wheat Ridge Community Development Department seeks a qualified firm to
provide professional consulting services for the 44th Avenue Subarea Plan (from Wadsworth Blvd to Youngfield
Street). 44th Avenue today has a mix of conditions that create a unique context for future planning and
redevelopment work. A broader rethinking of land use, transportation circulation, neighborhood connections, and
redevelopment standards is appropriate for the corridor. The subarea plan will focus on revitalization and
reinvestment in the 44th Avenue corridor, including businesses, neighborhoods, key economic drivers, and
community assets. The goal is to create a vision and redevelopment strategy for improvements to the 44th Avenue
corridor and identify priority actions that will help achieve the vision and visibly improve the community. Budget for
these services is capped at $150,000.
Point of Contact: Jennifer Nellis, Purchasing Agent, jnellis@ci.wheatridge.co.us or phone 303-235-2811. Do not
contact the requesting department or the evaluation committee.
Mandatory Pre-RFQ Meeting: Thursday, September 5, 2019 11:00 AM at City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat
Ridge, CO 80033, PD Training Room
Due Date for Questions: Noon, September 12, 2019 by email to jnellis@ci.wheatridge.co.us
Minimum Requirements: Awarded professional services firm must have a valid City of Wheat Ridge Business/Use
Tax license(s) prior to starting the project. This project requires compliance with the “Illegal Alien” Provisions of
CRS8-17.5-101, as well as insurance coverage. Minimum requirements for this project include management and
execution of projects of similar scope and complexity. Interested firms shall have been in business in the Denver
area for a minimum of two (2) years.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises: Disadvantaged business enterprises are afforded full opportunity to
submit qualifications and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin in
consideration for award.
Qualification Submittals Due: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 BY 4:00 PM OUR CLOCK. THERE IS NO
PUBLIC OPENING.
Submit to:
City of Wheat Ridge Municipal Building, BID - Purchasing & Contracting Division
Attn: Jennifer Nellis, CPPB
7500 W 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
The City only accepts submittals in hard copy format. Fax, email or other electronic means are not
acceptable. Sealed submittals must include: (5) hard copies and one (1) electronic copy on USB flash drive or CD
of the proposal.
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Comments: All submittals must be sealed and shall be validated. No submittals will be accepted after the due date
and time, regardless of postmark. Submittals received after the due opening time will be filed unopened. The City of
Wheat Ridge reserves the right to shortlist firms that it deems are in the best interest of the City based solely on
qualifications.
RFQ Documents: Available on the RMEPS a division of BIDNET www.rockymountainbidsystem.com or visit the
City Website for project documents and updates: www.ci.wheatridge.co.us
Publish Dates:
_________________________________
Daily Journal August 26 and Sept 3, 2109
Jennifer Nellis, Purchasing Agent
RMEPS / City Website August 26, 2109
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RFP-14-19
PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS/SELECTION CRITERIA
44th AVENUE SUBAREA PLAN
CONSULTING SERVICES
I. INTRODUCTION
A. General
The City of Wheat Ridge (the “City”) is located in the northwest area of Denver metropolitan area just west of
downtown Denver. The City’s area consists of about nine square miles of rolling land adjacent to Interstate 70
transportation corridor between Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The topography is somewhat unique, with a
natural ridge traversing the City. The City is a suburban community of approximately 31,000 residents. The City is a
home-rule municipality with eight council members, city manager, and mayor form of government.
B. Background
The City of Wheat Ridge is seeking the services of a professional services consultant to undertake the 44th Avenue
Subarea Plan (from Wadsworth Boulevard to Youngfield Street). The western end of 44th Avenue is not just a
corridor in its own right, it is the connective tissue for the eastern and western portions of the city, for the TOD at
Wheat Ridge · Ward Station, for Clear Creek Trail, the future Clear Creek Crossing development at the City’s far
western edge, and for numerous adjacent residential neighborhoods. The Envision Wheat Ridge Comprehensive
Plan, adopted in 2009, classifies 44th Avenue as a Neighborhood Commercial Corridor and the primary east/west
corridor for the city. Per the community input gathered through the recently adopted Neighborhood Revitalization
Strategy, the community desires to improve the aesthetic of all of its primary corridors, 44th being a priority among
those. While all of 44th Avenue could use a plan for improvement, specific drivers for the section west of
Wadsworth include the need to address connections to important activity centers in the western end of the city (e.g.
TOD area, Clear Creek Trail, Clear Creek Crossing, Applewood Village) and the need to revisit the Fruitdale
subarea plan in the context of a 2020 analysis of the real estate market conditions.
44th Avenue today has a mix of conditions that create a unique context for future planning and redevelopment
work. Although the sidewalks, curbs, pavement and lighting in the public right of way are in fairly good condition,
there is, broadly speaking, a lack of private property investment and maintenance that undermines the overall
visual appeal of the corridor. The City has taken some important steps, such as updating the Streetscape Design
Manual to require street trees behind the curb. A broader rethinking of land use, transportation circulation,
neighborhood connections, and redevelopment standards is appropriate for the corridor.
The subarea plan will focus on revitalization and reinvestment in the 44th Avenue corridor, including businesses,
neighborhoods, key economic drivers, and community assets. The goal is to create a vision and redevelopment
strategy for improvements to the 44th Avenue corridor and identify priority actions that will help achieve the vision
and visibly improve the community.
C. Project Description
While portions of W. 44th Avenue were included in the Fruitdale Subarea Plan, the plan is outdated and does not
take into consideration the market conditions of today. The recently completed Neighborhood Revitalization
Strategy identified W. 44th Avenue as a priority for planning efforts. City officials recognize the need to develop a
plan containing strategies to promote revitalization and attract investment to the W. 44th Avenue corridor that would
enhance the adjacent neighborhoods and the City as a whole. There are significant opportunities for
redevelopment and reinvestment, while maintaining the unique character of W. 44th Avenue. The City encourages
creative ideas and workable solutions and is interested in identifying a series of strategic initiatives and projects
within the plan to assist implementation.
The plan should take into consideration the City’s priority needs, concerns, and opportunities along 44th Avenue,
including:
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Opportunities for reuse/redevelopment of properties.
Disinvestment in buildings. Consider incentives to potential investors and current owners in the corridor to
start/expand businesses and improve buildings.
Upgrade of infrastructure to address safety issues and community connections.
Transportation improvements needed, particularly to facilitate reuse/redevelopment of key properties.
How to take advantage of growth opportunities from changing demographics and markets favoring urban,
walkable communities.
Target locations and objectives for development, land use, community character, and design that will guide future
revisions to the zoning ordinance.
II. STATEMENT OF WORK
The consultant or consultant team to be hired will provide the full range of planning services necessary to
undertake the 44th Avenue Subarea Plan. Sub-consultants may be required to carry out the applicable technical
quantitative analyses. The selected consultant will be asked to focus its work on providing intelligence for decision
making (not recitations of data), providing creative ideas and workable action plans, and helping the City to identify
partners and create capacity to implement the plan.
The consultant’s work and the subarea plan document should be organized based on the City’s priorities or related
goals or themes that emerged from the recently adopted Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy and from the
subarea planning process. The plan document should be efficient in words, avoid jargon, and be written for use by
the elected and appointed officials of the City, partner groups, and citizens who will implement the plan after
completion.
The scope of work sought to carry out the plan includes:
1. Project Management
Project approach and schedule
Monthly project management meetings
Minimum of three (3) Advisory Committee meetings
2. Public Engagement
Develop and implement a public engagement process that could include surveys and online input
opportunities, public meetings, focus groups, charrettes, etc. Utilize an innovative online platform, such as
Bang the Table TM or similar, to offer alternatives for those that may not be able to attend in-person
meetings and often go under-represented.
Create and charter a steering committee made up of 10-20 business owners and residents that own/live
along 44th Avenue corridor, including adjacent residential neighborhoods.
A minimum of three (3) public meetings are anticipated (kick-off, mid-point, and draft plan stages).
A minimum of three (3) meetings with the City Council and three (3) meetings with the Planning
Commission are anticipated.
The consultant should facilitate a plan process whereby the Wheat Ridge community “owns” the plan, and the
elected officials and community leaders are spokespersons for the plan and have a consensus commitment to
implement it. There should be effective means within the limited project budget to obtain public vision and
aspirations for their community. There should be involvement of elected officials so as to ensure their
understanding and acceptance as the plan proceeds from issue identification to ideas to action plans.
3. Subarea Plan
The Plan shall gauge public interest and identify new visions, key trends and issues, desired outcomes (goals and
policies), recommendations, and implementation strategies for each of the following elements:
Community Character and Design
Zoning and Land Use
Transportation and Connectivity
This element should be guided by the Traffic Analysis that is described under the required Technical
Quantitative Analysis section of the RFP. In relation to streetscape, it should be noted that there are no
curb-to-curb changes expected along W. 44th Avenue. The City anticipates recommendations geared
towards enhancing the pedestrian environment, improving traffic movements, and increasing connectivity.
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Neighborhood Connections
Parks and Trails
Economic Conditions
This element should be guided by the market study that is described under the required Technical
Quantitative Analysis section of the RFP and include market-based land use expectations.
Historic Resources
This element should focus on evaluating existing historic resources within the corridor to determine whether
concentrating valuable community resources on accentuating the historic elements could significantly
benefit the corridor.
Key Assets and Challenges
Opportunity Analysis
The expectation of the opportunity analysis is not to analyze each parcel, rather to focus on broader areas
within the corridor that have potential to change. This element should be guided by the Potential for
Change Analysis that is described under the required Quantitative Analysis section of the RFP.
4. Technical Quantitative Analysis
To guide the subarea planning elements, the consultant should provide the following technical quantitative studies,
which are expected to accompany the subarea planning document as appendices:
a. Market Study
Provide land use recommendations that are market-based.
Identify regional and local market conditions/economic and demographic framework.
Identify development potential and opportunity sites (commercial, residential).
Assess current conditions, analyze demand and supply, identify development opportunities, and financial
feasibility.
b. Potential for Change Analysis
Determine whether land within the corridor is being used to its fullest potential.
Analyze residential, commercial, and office properties along the corridor based on parcel size, ownership
patterns, improvements to land ratio, etc.
Identify underutilized land and catalytic sites vital for redevelopment.
c. Traffic Analysis
Provide a baseline analysis of existing facilities and their capacities, including but not limited to analyzing
current volume, speed, and level of service at key intersections.
Provide a scenario-based analysis focused on the recommended land uses, and analyze how growth may
affect the current network.
Define and prioritize transportation needs, such as necessary connections and key intersection
improvements. The City anticipates recommendations geared towards enhancing the pedestrian
environment, improving traffic movements or intersections, and increasing connectivity. No changes are
expected curb-to-curb.
5. Action Plan
The plan should provide workable action plans for top recommendations – a series of strategic projects, programs,
and initiatives – that emerge from the planning process. The plan should set priorities and a timetable for action
based on expected results and ability to finance and carry out. Action plans should include reasonable depth and
detail – specific action steps, responsible parties, estimated costs, and proposed means of financing – to facilitate
implementation after the plan is completed. The consultant is asked to include some immediate action
recommendations that would provide short-term, visible results and motivate further implementation of the plan.
III. PROJECT DELIVERABLES AND COMPLETION SCHEDULE
The City expects the following deliverables for successful completion of the project:
1. Development and management of a project website for the duration of the project, which includes the project
status, upcoming events, and opportunity for community input.
2. Community Engagement Plan with more specific details of the plan outlined in the RFP.
3. Subarea plan and appendices (Market Study, Potential for Change Analysis, and Traffic Analysis)
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