The Fort Monroe Authority is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), seeking information from firms who are interested in redeveloping sections within the historic 561-acre site.
Fort Monroe is a historic property with origins dating back to the 1600s, located within Hampton, on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula; 20 minutes west of Norfolk and 90 minutes southeast of Richmond. Significant to both the beginning and ending of slavery, a portion of the property comprises the Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service.
The RFQ seeks statements of interest in addition to information on the qualifications from prospective firms who would be offered long-term leases, ranging from 40 to 99 years, for the commercial properties. The commercial properties comprise about 900,000 square feet and about 100 acres of land at Fort Monroe. It includes properties in the historic district, the North Gate area and the Inner Fort. Responses are due October 11, 2018 and developers, investors, individuals, and organizations are invited. Qualified respondents will be invited to participate in the second step of the process, which is the Request for Proposals (RFP).
“This is a significant step in the redevelopment of Fort Monroe, said Glenn Oder, executive director of the Fort Monroe Authority. “Nearly a decade into this process, we are pleased with how Fort Monroe has become a place to live, work, play and learn,” Oder said. “This has made the location attractive to developers who want to work in a dynamic mixed use community.”
Fort Monroe offers a diversity of development opportunities within the target areas, which includes commercial and residential properties and a marina. Fort Monroe officials believe the area would be appropriate for hotels, a bed and breakfast, retail, mixed-use or recreational development. Federal and state tax credits are available to assist in financing the redevelopment.
The uniqueness of the site and the opportunity will draw keen interest, Oder said.
“We’re seeking responses from not just developers but from any organization or individual that has experience with historic structures and will work with us to achieve our goals and objectives,” said Oder. “We look forward to reviewing the submissions.”
Fort Monroe is a historic, mixed-use community that is a place to live, work, play and learn. Its features include stately residences and commercial properties for lease, entertainment venues, beaches and boat access, and learning opportunities through the Casemate Museum and the National Park Service.
The public and potential respondents are invited to tour the site on July 26 and August 21. Schedule of times will be posted on www.reimagine.FortMonroe.org
RFQ and Statement of Interests contact:
Yvonne Cash, Procurement Manager
20 Ingalls Road
Fort Monroe, VA 23651