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Port of Everett Requests Qualifications for Collins Building Redevelopment Project

Post Date:04/12/2006

Everett, Wash. - In cooperation with historical agencies, the Port of Everett issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified historic structure developers interested in the redevelopment, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Collins Building.

The Collins Building, the site of a former casket company, is located at the corner of 13th Street and West Marine View Drive in Everett's North Marina. The three-story red and white building has resided on the waterfront for more than 75 years.

"We are pleased that the Port is able to work cooperatively with the interested parties to attempt to find a potential reuse of the Collins Building," said Eric Russell, director of properties and development for the Port of Everett.

The selected firm will be tasked with designing, planning and obtaining the financing and necessary permits for the redevelopment. The developer would also be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the completed project. The building rehabilitation may qualify for federal historic and new market tax credits. Any proposed building uses for the structure must be consistent with the Port's new 65-acre mixed-use waterfront redevelopment, known as Port Gardner Wharf.

"With just a bit of vision, this classic three-story can be a jewel on the Everett waterfront," Historic Everett Trustee David Chrisman said.

In July 2005, Everett's Port Commission authorized staff to sign the completed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that lays the framework for the possible retention and reuse of the Collins Building. The MOA is being undertaken in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), Historic Everett and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (WTHP).

The application deadline in response to the RFQ is May 24, 2006 at 5 p.m. The RFQ package for this solicitation will be available on-line beginning April 11, 2006, through Builders Exchange of Washington, Inc.. Click on "Posted Projects"; "Public Works", "Port of Everett", "Projects Bidding", and "Project Bid Date". Responders must Register as a Bidder in order to receive automatic e-mail notification of future addenda and to be placed on the "Bidders List". This service is provided free of charge to firms responding to the RFQ for this project.

Applications can be mailed or dropped off at 2911 Bond Street, Everett, WA 98201. A site visit is scheduled for April 24 at 2 p.m. April 28 is the last date for questions concerning the RFQ. The chosen developer will be announced on June 5, 2006.

For more information contact Eric Russell, project manager for the Collins Building Redevelopment, at (425) 259-3164.

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