TOLEDO, OH – Lucas County Commissioners Pete Gerken, Carol Contrada, Tina Skeldon Wozniak were joined by Paul Toth, President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to announce a request for proposals regarding the development of the Hotel Seagate site in downtown Toledo, as a hotel to support the Seagate Convention Centre. This is an important step in the redevelopment of a critical downtown corner.
Recognizing that a vital downtown Toledo is crucial to development efforts throughout Lucas County, on November 18, 2014, the Board of Lucas County Commissioners authorized the purchase of the former Hotel Seagate at 127 & 141 North Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604 (Resolution #14-1037).
The building was built in 1970 and is located across the street from Promenade Park, a prime location in downtown Toledo. This once-thriving property steadily deteriorated throughout the years. Since the November 2014 purchase, the former hotel has been cleared of all asbestos and stands ready for the next phase of its redevelopment.
“This is an exciting time for Lucas County, Downtown Toledo in particular, we are building upon the success of multiple development projects in the heart of the city,” said Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak.
“Tourism is a billion dollar industry in Lucas County. The commissioners are committed to doing everything we can to build on our strengths in Lucas County and a redeveloped Hotel Seagate is integral to this effort,” said Commissioner Carol Contrada.
“Today’s announcement is the result of the lasting bonds we have built with the business community. Throughout this process we have sought opinions from a wide-range of stakeholders to ensure that this property is redeveloped as a result of private-public partnerships,” said Commissioner Pete Gerken.
Redevelopment of the former Hotel Seagate presents a transformative opportunity for our community because the property is strategically located adjacent to the Huntington Center, the SeaGate Convention Center, and considerable investments that have led to a resurgence of business activity, entertainment, and housing. For example, the Hensville entertainment district, which opened Spring 2016, redeveloped several buildings adjacent to 5/3 Field into a vibrant new entertainment district. ProMedica is also scheduled to relocate its corporate headquarters to Downtown Toledo, bringing several hundred professional staff downtown every day.
The former Hotel Seagate redevelopment’s is integral to downtown revitalization efforts. The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is therefore seeking written proposals from qualified developer/operator teams for the planning, design, construction, financing, ownership, commissioning and operation of a limited service, midscale to upper midscale hotel the site of the former Hotel Seagate.
The County envisions that the construction of a new hotel facility or the rehabilitation of the existing building should create and support new demand for the SeaGate Convention Center and Huntington Center facilities, promote larger events in surrounding areas of the City, and possibly spur additional development in the downtown area. The hotel should function in harmony with, and support the activities and events of, the SeaGate Convention Center. The hotel should also exemplify environmentally sustainable technology related to design, construction, and efficient operation, and the eventual development and design of the hotel should allow for maximum flexibility in order to respond to changes in community and market needs over coming decades.
Applicant firms should have development experience and be able to demonstrate financial capacity to undertake the project. Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this project can find the complete Request for Proposals and contract documents at www.co.lucas.oh/Bids.aspx. Bidders must be registered as a vendor via the Lucas County website/PlanetBids. Vendor registration can be completed at http://planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?CompanyID=24980. A set of these documents will also be available for viewing at the office of the Lucas County Department of Planning and Development, One Government Center, Suite 800 43604. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM.
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