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PRA Invites Proposals for the Development of 600-16 W. Girard Avenue

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 3:00pm
Contact Person: 
Jessie Lawrence
600-16 W. Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Property, invites competitive proposals from developers for 600-16 W. Girard Avenue. This parcel is the site of the current Free Library of Philadelphia, Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch. This 8,862 SF parcel is zoned CMX-2, permitting a 38 foot building height limit. This RFP is soliciting proposals from developers to do the following at the developer’s sole cost:

  1. Demolition
    Demolishing the existing library building and for clearing the site and responsibly disposing of any sensitive materials at respondent’s sole cost. The City will ensure that the library has ceased operations prior to transfer of title to the selected developer; and
  2. New Library
    Building a new library for the City. The new library must be either sold to the City, or leased back to the City for minimum of 99 years at nominal cost to the City; and
  3. Affordable Housing
    Building  affordable residential units above the library structure.

This property is under the ownership of the City of Philadelphia, but will be transferred to the ownership of PRA prior to entering into a Redevelopment Agreement with the selected developer. Along with the Request for Proposals (RFP), an Outline of General Parameters for New Library Space to specify build-out requirements for the new library can be retrieved from this page’s RESOURCES section. Respondents are encouraged to propose innovative design solutions, sustainable building practices, and strong urbanism that creates an attractive street-level presence and is in keeping with the look and feel of the Girard Avenue commercial corridor, while respecting the close proximity of the project site to adjacent residential structures.

A Pre-Submission Conference will be held on June 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM at PRA offices to address questions about the new library specifications and all other documents provided in the Resources section. All potential respondents MUST either attend the Pre-Submission Conference or email an expression of interest in submitting a response by June 2, 2017 at 5:00PM (see RFP page 2).

All proposals must be submitted no later than July 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM. Applicants may upload submissions via our website, hand deliver or send submissions via mail to:

Jessie Lawrence
Project Manager
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107