Mardi Gras Boardwalk wanted to build a $45 million entertainment complex and hotel facility on this tract of lakefront property. That deal has fallen through and now city officials are asking developers for other project ideas. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Monday, June 09, 2014 11:34 AM
The city is slowly turning the page on the lakefront property once tied to the idea of Mardi Gras Boardwalk.
Recently, the city issued a request for qualifications from firms that could provide marketing services to develop and promote projects on the lakefront. May 30 was the deadline for the interested firms to respond to the request. The city received two responses and is now in the process of reviewing them.
John Cardone, city administrator, said the next few steps consist of interviews and decisions by the City Council. “As established in the RFQ process, we will conduct interviews by June 17,” he said.
For city officials, an RFQ can cover a lot of ground when trying to develop an area. Firms that respond have to include marketing and development options, descriptions of their general experience as well as their specific experience dealing with land similar to the lakefront.
The city also asks the firms for things like organization charts, the resumes of certain key staff members and examples of a handful of key projects comparable to what they could be doing on the lakefront.
Through the RFQ, city officials are able to gather a large amount of information about companies through a simple process. “The company has to be able to explain how they are able to do what it is you want them to do,” Cardone said.
Considering how valuable the lakefront property is said to be in the city, two responses can seem like a small number. Cardone said that even though it would be nice to have fielded more responses, the most important factor is the quality of those responses.
“Just from the surface, the way it appears right now is that we have two pretty good ones,” he said.
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