1.1. Purpose. Pima County (the “County”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (this “RFP”) seeking proposals (“Proposals”) from qualified firms (“Proposers”) for the development of a parcel of County-owned property located at 4051 East Paradise Falls Drive (the “Project”). The Project Site is east of Alvernon Way between the Chuck Huckelberry Loop (the “Loop”) to the north and Paradise Falls Drive to the south, as described and depicted in Exhibit A hereto (the "Project Site").
The County wishes to have the Project Site developed in a manner that complements the adjacent Loop and furthers a number of Community and Economic Goals described below. The Loop is a 131-mile network of shared-use paths maintained by Pima County. It has the distinction of being voted by USA Today as the Best Recreational Trail in the United States for 2021. A Proposal may include the purchase or lease of the Project Site.
After an evaluation of the submitted Proposals, the County anticipates entering into a Development Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the Proposer that submits the highest-scoring Proposal (the “Developer”), which will provide for the lease and eventual sale of the Project Site to the Developer. The specific structure of the transaction will be determined in the RFP process. The goal is to give the County sufficient control and input during the development of the Project to ensure its successful completion, but with eventual conveyance of the Project Site, as a whole or in phases, to private ownership.