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965 Weeks Street Development

Background

In 2012, the City of East Palo Alto purchased the property at 965 Weeks Street for the purposes of building a future affordable housing development. Several factors, including a challenging economic climate, delayed the development of property. Recently, the City improved its financial and staffing capacity to advance a project at 965 Weeks Street.

This website will serve as the main communication tool for the 965 Weeks Street project moving forward. City staff will update this website to disseminate pertinent information to the public and to document each community meeting, City Council discussion, or other significant process actions.   

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Please click [here] to obtain a copy of the RFP for the development of 965 Weeks.
Please click [here] to obtain a copy of the RFP Addendum # 1. 

As noted in the RFP and the Addendum, respondents are required to complete and submit the following documents with their proposal:

Project Questionnaire

Unit Mix Worksheet

 

Key Dates

ITEM

DATE

Host general outreach meeting for neighborhood/stakeholders

June 28, 2018

Return to City Council for direction to issue an RFP

July 17, 2018

Issue RFP

July 19, 2018

Host mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference

August 9, 2018

Deadline for respondents to submit questions

August 17, 2018

EPA issues addendum responding to questions

Late-August 2018

RFP Due Date

September 14, 2018

Review Panel rates all submittals

Week of September 17, 2018

Interviews with Highest Rated Development Teams

Early-October 2018

Return to City Council with recommendation

October/November 2018

 

Status Updates

November 2, 2018

Since September 21, 2018, the Review Panel has been evaluating the submitted proposals. All nine of the submitted proposals met the City’s Minimum Threshold Requirements, as codified in the RFP, and stated that the Respondent could develop at least 101 units on the Property. Each Respondent provided a detailed rationale of potential development possibilities on the Property, assuming that the selected developer would pursue a Density Bonus for the future project. 

The average scores from the proposal review stage, in order, were as follows:

Development Team

Average Scores Review Stage

Mid Peninsula Housing/EPA CAN DO (click to see proposal) (additional info)

91.75

EAH (click to see proposal)

89.75

SAHA (click to see proposal)

88

First Community Housing/Project WeHOPE (click to see proposal) (additional info)

87.25

Eden Housing/Project WeHOPE (click to see proposal) (additional info)

86.75

Freebird Development Company (click to see proposal)

86

Mercy Housing (click to see proposal)

83

Pacific West Communities (click to see proposal)

81.63

ROEM (click to see proposal) (additional info)

74.25

 

On October 11, 2018, the Panel held interviews with the top six development teams identified in the chart above.  On October 16, 2018, the Panel met to debrief and score the interview results.  Each Panel member scored the interviews on a 0-100 scale and the interviews were solely scored on the information provided during the interview.  The average scores of the six interviews were calculated, as follows:


 

 

Development Team

Average Score -

Interviews

EAH

90

Mid Peninsula Housing/EPA CAN DO

87

Eden Housing/Project WeHOPE

84

Freebird Development Company

79

First Community Housing/Project WeHOPE

78

SAHA

72

 

At the conclusion of the interview stage, the Panel decided to forward the three proposals with the highest combined average scores to the City Council for deliberation/consideration: EAH, Mid Peninsula Housing/EPA CAN DO, and Eden Housing/Project WeHOPE.  City staff will be recommending that the City Council select EAH to develop the future project, however, the City Council has discretion to select any development team that participated in the RFP process.

Please click here to view the Staff report for the November 8, 2016 City Council meeting when this item will be considered.  

 

September 17, 2018 

 
The deadline for respondents to submit proposals to the City for the future development of 965 Weeks Street expired on September 14. The City received 9 development proposals and, in partnership with the County and other community stakeholders, has initiated the process of reviewing/scoring the submitted proposals. 

The City estimates it will take 6-8 weeks to identify the top 2-3 development proposals. Once the top candidates have been identified, City staff forward the top proposals for City Council consideration later this Winter.   

 
August 9, 2018 

On August 9th, the City hosted a mandatory pre-bidders conference with development teams who have expressed interest in responding to the 965 Weeks RFP. A copy of the pre-bidders conference PowerPoint presentation is available [here].


The pre-bidders conference was attended by 30 individuals who were allowed to ask questions and seek clarification regarding the 965 Weeks RFP. City staff will respond to these questions in the RFP Addendum, which will be issued on or before August 22, 2018.  

As requested at the pre-bidders conference, a copy of the Facebook Agreement, cited in the RFP, is available [here].

For a list of those who attended the pre-bidders conference, please click [here].

 

July 19, 2018

On July 17th, 2018, the City Council authorized staff to: 1) issue a Request for Proposals for development of a future affordable housing community located at 965 Weeks Street, 2) evaluate submitted proposals, and 3) return to City Council with the top proposals, as well as a recommendation for award later in Fall 2018.

 

July 10, 2018

On June 28, 2018, the City hosted an outreach meeting to discuss staff’s recommendations for advancing the development of 965 Weeks Street, and the community provided meaningful feedback. Staff will be presenting its revised recommendations and a summary of the community’s input to the City Council on July 17, 2018.

For a copy of the staff presentation from the June 28, 2018, community meeting, please click [
here].

For a copy of the staff report from the July 17, 2018, City Council meeting, please click [here].

Contact

For more information or to provide feedback regarding this development, please contact Patrick Heisinger, Housing Manager, at