City Hiring Real Estate Acquisition Firm to begin Right of Way Acquisitions in RAD

DATE: June 5, 2015 
CITY OF ASHEVILLE 
REQUEST FOR LETTER OF INTEREST 
THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE DESIRES TO ENGAGE A QUALIFIED REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION FIRM (REAF) TO PROVIDE RIGHT OF WAY NEGOTIATION, APPRAISAL, RELOCATION SERVICES AND LEGAL SERVICES 
Issue Date: June 5, 2015. 

The primary and/or sub-consultant firm(s) shall be pre-qualified by NCDOT to perform ROW Negotiation Services (00194), Right of Way Appraisal Services (00192) and Relocation Assistance (00186). The legal consultant should be licensed in North Carolina and should have real estate law experience. This project is the property acquisition component of a comprehensive plan to revitalize the riverfront area within the City of Asheville known as the River Arts District Transportation Project (RADTIP). The purpose of the overall project is to improve the existing roadway deficiencies along Riverside Drive and Lyman Street in the River Arts District (RAD) and to expand transportation options and system linkages. This will include vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and transit alternatives. These improvements will enhance safety and provide more diverse modal options for the traveling public and visitors to the River Arts District. These modal services will also improve regional mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists. http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Portals/o/citydocumetns/communityrelations/progress/20140611_RADTIP2.pdf.

SUBMISSION OF LETTER OF INTEREST 

Private real estate acquisition firms are invited to have all six copies of their letters of interest for furnishing negotiation, appraisal, relocation and legal services to the City of Asheville by 5:00 p.m. on July 8, 2015. Letters of interest received after this deadline will not be considered. Firms submitting letters of interest are encouraged to carefully check them for conformance to the requirements stated above. If Letters of Interest (LOIs) do not meet ALL of these requirements, or to any address other than shown below they will be disqualified. No exception will be granted. The mailing address is: Ellen McKinnon Real Estate Coordinator Community & Economic Development Post Office Box 7148 Asheville, NC 28802


What is interesting about this is we were told June 17, 2015 that the City had already hired very qualified contractors.  Guess not.


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