Request for Proposals:
HOUSING MARKET ASSESSMENTS TO SPUR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT
Released: April 15, 2021
Due: May 14, 2021 by 11:59pm
Housing development is a priority for mill towns emerging from economic restructuring for the purposes of retaining and attracting an available workforce. FOR/Maine is seeking a construction services consultancy to assist designated communities in spurring private-sector housing development in their towns.
In the wake of six major paper mills rapidly closing in the state of Maine by 2016, a public-private partnership formed to address the economic aftermath and set a course for Maine’s forestry sector to forward position itself in the global marketplace. The Forest Opportunity Roadmap, known as FOR/Maine (https://formaine.org), comprises industry leaders, sector representatives, university researchers, market-attraction specialists, and public officials. FOR/Maine committees are advancing the coalition’s mission.
One of those FOR/Maine committees is focused on community development in mill towns. Among the top priorities identified by communities is housing development. In many mill towns, the housing stock is tired and outmoded, relics of the high-water mark of paper-making prosperity from decades ago. Recent mill closures depressed current real estate prices. However, recovery efforts are taking effect in many towns, and the need to attract and retain working families with quality housing is a priority.
SCOPE OF WORK
Working directly with up to ten local steering committees, the successful consultant team will produce a housing study or conduct housing site predevelopment (non-construction) work at each steering committee’s direction.
- Questions and answers to the RFP will be published on this webpage. Please refer to this page for additional information in the future.
- Questions regarding this RFP may be directed to Robert O’Brien, program director.
PLEASE SEE DETAILS IN THE RFP HERE
PLEASE SEE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RFP HERE