The City of Santa Ana (the “City”) invites responses to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by
qualified developers to build a high quality mixed-use development designed to complement
and enhance Downtown Santa Ana. The site is located at 3rd Street and Broadway in the heart
of the City’s downtown. The site is currently improved with a 440 space City-owned parking
structure that is functionally obsolete and has several physical limitations. The purpose of this
RFQ is to offer the opportunity for qualified developers to present a creative mixed-use project
which may include, but not limited to: retail, office, hotel, and/or residential use with the
understanding that the development must include 440 replacement parking spaces in addition
to the parking requirements associated with the proposed development unless a parking study
supports a reduced parking scenario. The site is located within the boundaries of the Transit
Recognizing that the downtown is essentially built-out and a development opportunity of this
importance and magnitude (1.43 acre site near the center of downtown) will not likely be
available in the foreseeable future, the City is determined to find a suitable mixed-use project
which is innovatively designed and will complement other developments and historic buildings
in the downtown. The project must also comply with the recently adopted development
standards outlined in the Transit Zoning Code.
The City envisions a two-step process for selecting a qualified developer to redevelop the 3rd
Street and Broadway parking structure site. The first step involves issuance of an RFQ to
identify a group of qualified developers and the second step involves the issuance of an RFP to
a short list of the top respondents to the RFQ. This process will ensure that the City and
development community can deliver the best project for the property.
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