Excerpts from NEIU Request for Proposal

Excerpts from NEIU Request for Proposal Number SHD2013 issued by State of Illinois Public Institutions of Higher Education on behalf of Northeastern Illinois University, due on November 18, 2013 to solicit bids from real estate developers:
“Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is seeking a partner to develop a comprehensive, multi-phased University student housing program that will include the development of housing both on campus and adjacent to the main NEIU campus. It is expected that both developments will include residential and retail space.”

“The preferred developer should be capable of developing, constructing, financing and operating student housing of approximately 500 beds in Phase I by Fall 2016, and an additional 350 beds in Phase II by Fall 2019.”

“The University has identified two sites for residential housing.  Phase 1 (University Village) is adjacent to the NEIU main campus and has been designated as residences primarily for upper class/ graduate students and guests/ visiting faculty.  Phase 2 (Foster Place) will be located on existing University-owned property on the NEIU main campus and has been designated for first-year students.”

“The University does not currently own all of the property within the housing area and complete acquisition will be required.  Demolition of any existing structures within the development area will be a requirement of the developer.”

“To preserve the University’s debt capacity, the developer is solely responsible for the financing and debt repayment of the project.”
“This development project must take into consideration a number of planning issues, not the least of which include:

  • The integration of residential and retail uses within the project
  • Development of a transit friendly, pedestrian oriented plan
  • Allocation and control of parking with diverse interests.  It is intended that parking be limited to support staff, deliveries and a limited amount of visitor parking, unless otherwise agreed upon.  The specific details are to be addressed in the development of the plan.
  • Height and scale sensitivity to adjacent buildings and single family neighborhoods.
  • Commercial opportunities along street and mall frontages.
  • Integration of commercial activities within the development to meet the needs of the residential population in creating a 24/7 living, learning environment.”

Key Dates:

  • RFP Issued October 18, 2013
  • Proposer questions due November 1, 2013
  • Answers to questions available on Procurement Bulletin November 6, 2013
  • Qualifications due November 18, 2013
  • Notification of finalists week of November 25, 2013
  • Finalists(s) proposals and presentations due week of December 9, 2013
  • Board of Trustees approval February 20, 2014, if necessary.

AWARD to ACC announced in late August 2014.