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Acquiring City Owned Properties

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Start Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
End Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 4:00pm
Publication Info: 
Daily Journal of Commerce, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Times, Washington APA and City of Federal Way website
Submittal Info: 
All proposals should be sent to Keith Niven, AICP, CEcD, Planning Manager City of Federal Way 33325 8th Ave S Federal Way, WA 98003-6325 keith.niven@cityoffederalway.com
Addtl Status Info: 
All quotes must be submitted by via email
Bid Recipient: 
Keith Niven, AICP, CEcD, Planning Manager keith.niven@cityoffederalway.com
Addendum Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 8:30am
Pre-bid Meeting: 
LIA in May 2023
Contact Person: 
All responses to the Requests for Proposal shall be submitted to Keith Niven, Planning Manager at keith.niven@cityoffederalway.com
Business Hours: 
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fax Number: 
Faxed or Telephone proposals will not be accepted
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The City of Federal Way (“City”) is requesting proposals from qualified firms (“Developers”) for the opportunity to acquire and develop either all or a portion of City-owned properties in the downtown area of Federal Way. The City’s needs are outlined in the following Request for Proposal (“RFP”).

The City is interested in maximizing use of the Site and catalyzing redevelopment of the downtown area.  In 2022, the City contracted with VIA Architects of Seattle to prepare a preferred redevelopment Plan for the Site.  The Master Development Plan proposes 5 future, privately-owned building parcels that may be developed jointly or independently. The City has initiated a Binding Ste Plan to create 5 distinct parcels for future disposition.

The development plan envisions the following:

Office Building                                            133,000    SF
Retail/Services                                             32,500   SF
Hotel                                                              63000    SF (126 rooms)
Residential units                                                         714   
Civic plaza & community building                   10,000± SF
Public Parking Garage (under plaza)             430 - 650 spaces

Proposed FAR: 2.4 (858,297 sf/361.548 sf)

The City and community have expressed support for this plan and believe its realization would achieve many of the goals for the City’s Downtown including achieving the following: 

1.         Creating a sense of place and civic identity for the Federal Way downtown, reflective of the growing, diverse community
2.         Providing a catalyst for mixed use residential and pedestrian-focused retail
3.         Anchoring the north downtown and building a pedestrian-scale block structure, with smaller, more active public spaces
4.         Capitalizing on momentum and timing of recent and imminent investments.

Although this plan is the product of a year-long public process, the City is open to considering other alternatives for development.  Other alternatives could range from a slight deviation to a complete alternative proposal. If needed, the City will provide a secure FTP Portal for applications that exceed the size limits submitted over email, as requested.