Request for Information:
Partnership for Recreation Center in West Linn
In late 2011 the City of West Linn sent out a Request for Information. The Statement of need is below.
Statement of need
The City of West Linn is seeking proposals for a partner interested in being involved in the development/construction and/or the management/operation of the recreation facility. The City is hoping that the Request for Information process will generate innovative ideas and methods to develop this project. Ideally, a partner in development/construction and/or management/operations could be potentially responsible for capital costs and operational costs of the facility based on finances and the specifics of each proposal. The financial details of each submittal should be defined based on indivdual content and approach. The City will consider proposals from multiple entities wanting to partner in a proposal. More weight will be given to proposers with demonstrated success in developmnet/construction and/or managing/operating similar programs and similar facilities to that desired by the City. While the City reserves the right to fund its portion of the project from any lawfully available funds, the City intends to issue taxable debt to finance a portion, of the project to maximize the operator’s ability to generate revenue for the upkeep and operation of the facility.
The City of West Linn wants a recreation center with aquatics facility. One potential project site is a 7 acre City owned site located on Parker Road, next to Tanner Creek Park. Other potential sites could be evaluated based on information provided in a response to this RFI. To assist potential partners we have attached a document for review: West Linn Recreation Center Recommendation that has been accepted by West Linn City Council in 2010.
The “Project” could encompass the total development/construction, and management/operation of the facility. The Proposer must provide information in enough detail as to what phase of the “Project” is to be addressed in the reponse. More weight will be given to those plans that want to follow a public community center concept which would include areas of the facility that would not require entrance/admission fees to utilize common areas.
Update and Feedback - February 11, 2013
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: We asked for possible public-private partnership to share the capital expense of building the facility. We did not find a good fit or feasible model for our community center.
1. Operations only with no capital for building
2. Fitness Center Model: $8M with incentives from the City; they would operate the fitness club and give us discounts.
3. Project Management Firm – no capital or operations assistance.
4. Design Build Model – A model where they build a facility with private money and operate. This would lose all sense of community.
FOCUS GROUP by CFM Strategic Communications Summer 2012
1. Focus group reception: Yes we want a pool.
2. Introduced public private partnership – they did not embrace this model;
3. Introduced $24M model that was recommended by the Aquatics Task Force
a. Their reactions were negative due to the cost.
b. We should focus on pool not fitness;
c. Concerns about competing needs in our City: water, sidewalks, etc.