October 12, 2017
Summary: Convergence Design was part of a team vying for a downtown redevelopment study in Frankfort, Kentucky
Nine groups are vying to be the consultant that the Capital Plaza working group chooses to help it formulate a redevelopment plan for the area where the Frankfort Convention Center now stands.
City Manager Cindy Steinhauser hefted a stack of submissions — 10 bound copies from each consultant group — to Wednesday’s public meeting before revealing their names.
They include Dover, Kohl and Partners from Coral Gables, Florida; Chicago-based Houseal Lavigne Associates; EHI Consultants, which has offices in Lexington, Louisville and Paducah; Boston-based Goody Clancy; Lyman Davidson Dooley, which has offices in Tampa and Atlanta; and Louisville-based CityVisions, which recently assessed properties in downtown Frankfort through an Environmental Protection Agency brownfield grant.
There were also three submissions from consultants that propose to partner on the project: Evanston, Illinois-based Teska Associates is joining with AECOM, which has an office in Louisville, and Lexington-based Matrix Group; AECOM is also pairing up with MKSK, which has a Louisville office, on a separate submission; and Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners teamed with Kansas City, Missouri-based Convergence Design.
The working group — officially the “Frankfort/Franklin County Planning and Advisory Committee for Redevelopment of the Capital Plaza and Associated Areas” — has $100,000 available to it, $50,000 each from the county and city.
The deadline for responding to the group’s requests for qualifications passed on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Over the next week, a subcommittee of Steinhauser, Kentucky Capital Development Corp. President and CEO Terri Bradshaw, Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director Robin Antenucci and Deputy Judge-Executive Jennifer Wilson will narrow down the list of respondents that the full group will interview on Oct. 26 and 27. The group expects to pick a consultant by November.
In its RFQ, the working group explains to potential respondents that in June, state Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum “requested the community provide a plan to obtain public input for a plan for development of the Parcel B site described in the State RFP no later than December 2017,” referring to the state’s request for proposals to demolish the Capital Plaza Tower, the Frankfort Convention Center and adjacent infrastructure. The tower will be replaced by a new state office building.
The working group is hiring the consultant to be responsible for leading “a multi-phase redevelopment strategy that includes the Capital Plaza area, Greater Downtown and adjacent corridors including the riverfront.”
The group, which meets each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Franklin County Fiscal Court Conference Room, will be updating Landrum on its progress at Tuesday’s Capital Development Committee meeting, to be held at 1 p.m. in the Frankfort Convention Center.