Selection Committee For Redevelopment Of Piazza D’Italia Parking Lots Announced

NEW ORLEANS – The Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) – the City’s public benefit corporation – identified the Selection Committee for the redevelopment of the site located at 542 Tchoupitoulas and 545 South Peters Streets, the parking lots adjacent to the world-renowned Piazza d’Italia, an urban public plaza.

         On May 12, 2015, CSDC issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking proposed development concepts and qualifications from experienced real estate developers. On July 30, 2015, CSDC received five responses to the RFQ.

         The members of the Redevelopment of Piazza d’Italia Parking Lots Selection Committee are:

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• Cindy Connick, Executive Director, Canal Street Development Corporation

• Andy Kopplin, First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer

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• Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning, City of New Orleans

• Bob Rivers, Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

• Ashleigh Gardere, Senior Advisor for Economic Opportunity, City of New Orleans

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         The Selection Committee for the RFQ will meet on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in Canal Street Development Corporation’s conference room at 1111 Canal St., Suite 400, to evaluate and score the qualifications which will result in a list of respondents who will move on to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of the process.

         On Thursday, September 17, respondents will receive the RFP for Redevelopment of Piazza d’Italia Parking Lots and be invited to provide presentations of their proposals to the Selection Committee on Wednesday, November 18. On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Selection Committee will make the final selection for a developer of this property.

         “Since 1978, the Piazza d’Italia has stood as an important public space that commemorates the contributions made by the New Orleans’ Italian community,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “I want to thank the former members of the Piazza d’Italia Development Corporation who promoted and protected this important public plaza for many years. The New Orleans market is very strong right now and we feel this is an excellent time to redevelop the parking lots adjacent to the Piazza d’Italia so that we may magnify this architectural treasure.”

         Cindy Connick, Executive Director of the Canal Street Development Corporation, said “Our expectation is to engage a developer whose intentions for this project are in line with the expectations of the people of New Orleans. This project should complement and enhance this City-owned jewel while also reflecting New Orleans’ culture and heritage. Our developer partner should be committed to significant local participation, labor participation, and DBE participation. We also expect the developer to exhibit a firm commitment to long-term economic growth for our city through this project. This project should bring local jobs to our community and open doors for our workforce. We expect to have a developer on board that is committed to creating and sustaining those jobs, and committed to being a good corporate citizen within our community.”

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