Monday, June 18, 2012

Covington housing authority seeks planning consultant for family developments

The Housing Authority of Covington (HAC) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a market and economic consultant to assist in planning for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant, which will be submitted next year.

The consultant will work alongside Gilmore Kean, LLC to develop the market study and economic development elements of a Neighborhood Transformation Plan for HAC's family developments, most notably City Heights.

The winning application will be selected by a scoring system that takes into account each firm's responsiveness, resources and capacity, experience, cost and schedule, minority participation, and understanding of HUD requirements.

RFQ applications are due by 4 P.M. on July 6.

Public charrettes to create a master plan for the redevelopment of City Heights could begin as soon as next month, with plan completion expected by January 2013.

The 366-unit City Heights complex, originally known as the Ida Spence Homes, was built in the early 1950s on the former site of a Benedictine monastery and vineyard.

Previous reading on BC:
City Heights redevelopment ramping up (6/7/12)
Covington housing authority seeking bids for final phase of HOPE VI program (5/1/12)
Covington HOPE VI project breaks ground (4/2/12)
$17M in HOPE VI funding sought for Jacob Price redevelopment (12/8/09)