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The City Of Detroit Seeks Proposals to Transform Unused Spaces at the Rosa Parks Transit Center

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On July 6, the City of Detroit will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative ideas on how to transform three unused spaces at the Rosa Parks Transit Center into assets that add value and convenience to the commutes of transit riders. Through the Enhancing Detroit’s Transit Center Challenge, the City welcomes creative proposals of all types that fall under the following categories:

  • Farmers’ and artisans’ markets (all-in-one destinations for local food businesses to sell their food directly to customers);
  • Vendor markets and pop-up activities (space for local leaders, building owners, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate the space for a short term to deliver their products, services, and new ideas); and
  • Support services for the City’s new bike sharing program (i.e., bike repair shop, helmet rentals, or bike lesson facility).

The City is highly interested in proposals that complement the high-traffic, high-energy, grab-and-go culture of Downtown Detroit—helping to make the Transit Center an anchor of the neighborhood.

The winning solution(s) will be invited to negotiate an appropriate lease agreement and monthly fee (abased on the Fair Market Value) with the City of Detroit to accommodate the successful implementation of their solution at the Rosa Parks Transit Center for up to 5 years.

The RFP will be open for submissions as of July 6, 2017. To apply, submit your proposal on www.BidSync.com by Monday, August 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (United States).

To learn more about the Enhancing Detroit’s Transit Center Challenge, please visit: http://www.citymart.com/detroit-rosa-parks-transit-center

The Enhancing Detroit’s Transit Center Challenge is developed in partnership with Citymart, an organization that is transforming the way cities solve problems by connecting them with new ideas through open challenges to entrepreneurs and citizens. Their method has helped more than 60 cities around the world, from San Francisco to London and Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro, find proven solutions.

Funding for this endeavor is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight
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