The concepts from Mainstreet Property Group LLC (top) and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U were selected as finalists in an RFQ process for a commuter parking and mixed-use project in Mercer Island’s Town Center. Courtesy photos

The concepts from Mainstreet Property Group LLC (top) and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U were selected as finalists in an RFQ process for a commuter parking and mixed-use project in Mercer Island’s Town Center. Courtesy photos

City names finalists in RFQ process for Tully’s site

Mainstreet Property Group LLC and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U had the preferred proposals.

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 2:32pm
  • News

In early September, the city of Mercer Island issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking developers to design and build a development consisting of a city-owned commuter parking facility and a mixed-use residential/commercial structure in Town Center.

From that RFQ, the city received nine submissions and narrowed them down to five semi-finalists: Imagine Housing, Mainstreet Property Group LLC, Reve Development, Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U and Stream Real Estate Partners.

On Oct. 22, the semi-finalists presented their qualifications and concepts at a city-hosted open house. More than 100 people attended the meeting. Earlier that day, the semi-finalists were interviewed by a committee consisting of city staff, planning and design commission representatives and outside technical advisors.

Mainstreet Property Group LLC and Shelter Holding/Weinstein A+U were selected to advance in the RFQ process as preliminary finalists. “Both teams are composed of strong, well-qualified consultant teams with a proven track record,” according to a city press release.

Initial design concepts from the finalists included space for the Mercer Island Center for the Arts as well as significant parking (as many as 150 parking spaces) for the future commuter parking facility.

As a next step, staff will conduct a thorough interview and background check with each team. The design concepts are preliminary and will be further refined once a finalist is selected.

The Mercer Island City Council is scheduled to meet with the finalists on Nov. 26. The selected firm then will enter into negotiations with the city for an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA). Following formal council adoption of the ENA, the city will work with the community and developer to design the project.

The city intends to create a single parcel by assembling two separate properties, consisting of the “Tully’s” property (7810 SE 27th St.) and a portion of the city-owned land on Sunset Highway. The Tully’s property is currently under contract with the city. The project will develop a gateway connection between the city’s Town Center and the future Sound Transit Light Rail Station (opening in 2023).

For more information, visit www.mercergov.org/TC_CommuterParking or contact senior project manager Kirsten Taylor at kirsten.taylor@mercergov.org or at 206-275-7661.

More in News

Eastside tech companies Smartsheet, OfferUp, Apptio face challenging 2019

Here are a handful of companies from the Eastside that will be interesting to watch in 2019.

Attendees gather after the Dec. 21, 2018, meeting at Seattle’s Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Washington indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women

A new law seeks to strength data collection on missing and murdered indigenous women.

Exit poll indicates Washington voters still support climate change action

State environmental organizations’ poll points to continuing support for carbon-reducing measures.

CenturyLink 911 outage investigations underway; AG seeks comment from locals

CenturyLink could be hit with both FCC and UTC fines.

Wikimedia Commons CFCF photo
Proposed law would raise age limit for tobacco sales in WA

Lawmakers cite health concerns over tobacco and vape products

File photo
Seattle area braces for three-week SR 99 closure

Expect more congestion, longer commutes

King County considers building 44,000 affordable housing units by 2024

A report on housing released in December was accepted by the King County Council on Monday.

New year, new art at Mercer Island galleries

The Mercer Gallery at the Community and Event Center will also feature new exhibits in 2019.

Tech set to continue driving housing market in 2019

A real estate snapshot for the local market.

Most Read