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National: The Tricks of a Real Estate Photographer
Wall Street Journal
A bit of advice from one of New York City's top real-estate photographers: Think of a property listing like a profile on dating website. The pictures should be as flattering as possible without tipping into outright deception...
Montana: Paying for Sidewalks Like Healthcare
Missoulians want a lot more…
The Utah Transit Authority (“UTA”) is requesting qualifications and financial proposals from responsive, responsible, qualified parties interested in developing 48 acres of property at the UTA 10000 South Sandy Civic Center TRAX station in Sandy, UT. The objective is to build a village that will increase ridership, be high-density mixed use, be a livable community, generate long-term revenue, integrate the station and development in a manner that will encourage and support transit use. The Property is owned by UTA and is within a ¾ mile walking distance of the REAL soccer stadium, Sandy Exposition Center, Sandy City Hall, Sandy Business Park, and SouthTowne Regional Shopping Mall. The site will also have a direct connection to the Dimple Dell preserve providing bicycle, pedestrian and horse trail connections to the Wasatch Mountain Range. Portions of the site are elevated providing expansive views of the Wasatch Mountains and the Salt Lake valley. The selected…
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (“BART”) is pleased to announce the availability of property it owns at the Millbrae BART Station for private development. BART’s station area property offering is located within the City of Millbrae as depicted in Exhibits 1 and 2.
BART is offering four parcels of its station area property as shown on Exhibit 2. All of the four parcels are offered to maximize flexibility to the development community. However, developers should clearly note that all of BART’s property is currently encumbered (as noted below). Currently, the offering consists of the following:
BART Parking South (surface): 2.4 acres with an FAR of 2.0 = 180,000 square feet.
BART Parking North (garage): 2,096 spaces, available for shared use.
BART Parking East (surface): 5.2 acres with an FAR of 0.5 = 65,000 square feet.
BART/SamTrans Intermodal Area (subject to modification and relocation): 2.0 acres.
The property offered is located within, and all…
The Redevelopment Agency of the City of Reno (“Agency”) is seeking qualified firms and individuals to assist the City in developing a Master Plan (“Plan”) for the Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (“ReTRAC”) area, in order to identify the types of developments and businesses best positioned to meet and surpass the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
Scope of Contract
The purpose ofthis Request for Proposal is to enter into a contract with a highly qualified firm to assist the Tysons Land Use Task Force in identifying changes to the 1994 Comprehensive Plan for Tysons Corner by applying the best possible Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and urban design planning strategies for the future growth ofthe Tysons Corner Urban Center. These changes shall reflect the work ofthe Task Force as well as include community input, recognize the singular and vital role that Tysons plays in Fairfax County’s economic and social development, and maximize the advantageous utilization of four new Metrorail stations in accordance with the terms and conditions ofthe Request for Proposal.
The selected consultant will work with the study’s current consultants: The Perspectives Group, which has been hired to manage public outreach and participation, and Cambridge Systematics, which has been hired as the study’s transportation consultant.
Request for Proposals — Consultant Services
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan The City of Shaker Heights, Ohio Submittal Deadline: August 9, 2006
The City of Shaker Heights is seeking proposals from qualified and responsible multi-disciplinary firms or teams to prepare a transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for the Lee/Van Aken rapid transit station. This TOD plan will include a station improvement plan for the existing rapid transit station and an economic development analysis and land use/urban design plan for the immediate surrounding area.
The City is working closely with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in this project. Additional information about the City of Shaker Heights is available on the City's website at www.shakeronline.com, and additional information about RTA is available at www.rideRTA.com.
The primary purpose of this transit-oriented development (TOD) planning study is to significantly leverage…
The Tri-County Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) is the public transit provider for the Portland region. TriMet was responsible for construction of the Interstate MAX light rail project in North Portland, which was completed under budget. TriMet received approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to use a portion of these unspent funds to increase funding for station area development. The desired result of this development solicitation is selection of a Development Team to develop property purchased by TriMet for the purpose of promoting redevelopment in the Killingsworth MAX station area. TriMet is working closely with staff from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) and Metro’s Transit Oriented Development Implementation Program to coordinate station area development activities.
The Redevelopment Agency of Murray City (“RDA”) requests qualifications for a Consultant to oversee, at the direction of the RDA, the Fireclay Redevelopment Project Area (“Project Area”). The Project Area is 97-acres centered on the 4300 South TRAX light rail station, and is planned for a mixed use Transit Oriented Development. This work will include project development coordination, design and construction with multiple development entities and property owners to create a cohesive, coordinated and integrated development in the Project Area, consistent with the vision of the RDA, the Fireclay Redevelopment Project Area Plan (“Plan”), and Murray City’s recently-adopted Transit Oriented Development Ordinance.