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Bid Title: Request for Proposals: 5th & Thayer Redevelopment Site
Category: Administration
Status: Closed


Purpose for Request

The City of Bismarck (City) requests proposals for the redevelopment of a City-owned parcel in downtown Bismarck. This is a unique opportunity for redevelopment in the heart of North Dakota’s capital city. The Bismarck-Mandan metro area has a strong and growing economy with a vital downtown in Bismarck.

The following base project and two additional options are provided. Submittals that only include the base project will receive full consideration and evaluation on the merits, and optional elements will be factored into the final evaluation. However, the City would entertain proposals for a larger project if additional land could be acquired from private property owners.

Base Project:

  • Purchase the vacant parcel at 424 East Thayer Avenue from the City of Bismarck.
  • Redevelop the site as a mixed-use building within three years of purchase finalization, unless timeline is extended by the City Commission based on demonstrated progress toward development goals.
  • In addition to any parking provided on-site to serve the needs of the subject development, a minimum of 63 (non-compact) spaces will need to be provided, on-site, to replace the existing parking. Propose an arrangement for ownership and management of the new parking.


  • Incorporate space within the mixed-use building for City of Bismarck office needs, as outlined in various alternatives of the 2014 City of Bismarck, North Dakota Needs Assessment (attached).
  • Work with Montana-Dakota Utilities to relocate overhead powerlines adjacent to the site to an underground location.

Site and Area Details:

  • Address: 424 East Thayer Avenue
  • Parcel ID: 0001-104-005
  • Legal Description: Lots 7-12, Block 104, Original Plat
  • Dimensions: 140 feet east-west by 150 north-south (quarter block)
  • Lot Area: 21,000 Square Feet
  • Current Use: Surface Parking with 63 Spaces
  • Zoning: DC – Downtown Core

Required Proposal Contents:

Proposals must be complete in order to be considered by the evaluation committee. This section outlines all required content of a proposal, and proposals should be organized accordingly.

Certain elements of the proposal that contain sensitive information may be sealed. The primary proposal should include specific references to any information contained in the sealed sections. See “Submittal Instructions” and “Open Records/Proprietary Information” for additional information on sealed sections.

  1. Cover Page
    1. The proposal should be identified as: “5th and Thayer Redevelopment Proposal.”
    2. The name and address of the lead developer submitting the proposal.
    3. Primary contact person for the project with address, phone, and email.
    4. Signature of a duly authorized agent of the lead developer.
  2. Project Description and Preliminary Design
    1. Brief narrative of the overall project scope.
    2. Conceptual design sketches of site plan, building floor plans, elevations, and/or renderings.
    3. The estimated market value of final project at time of completion.
    4. Proposed development schedule, including any conditions that must be met before the project can continue. The schedule should include the time needed to obtain financing, complete design, entitlements and permits, site preparation, the start and completion of construction, and the start and completion of leasing and/or sale of property.
    5. Description of how proposal will further the City’s goals, design guidelines, vision, and plans and meet all requirements.
    6. Sealed: financial/budgeting information related to the project scope, including a market pro-forma of the project with a 20-year operating time horizon.
  3. Purchase Offer
    1. A letter of intent from the lead developer offering to purchase land from the City. The letter should indicate which parcels the purchase offer applies to and the price. The letter should include the timing of payment(s).
    2. Any additional incentives being sought or requested by the development team from the City or other sources. 
  4. Project Development Team
    1. A list and brief description of the members of the development team, including lead developer, architect(s), contractor(s), property manager(s), and any other individuals or firms instrumental in completion of the project.
    2. Examples of similar projects that have been successfully completed by the lead developer, including photos and/or designs necessary to describe the project. Projects completed by other members of the development team may be considered as well.
    3. Commitments from any tenants of the development are not required but would be considered favorably as an indicator of project readiness.
    4. Sealed: Evidence of the financial capacity of the lead developer to complete the project as proposed, including references from previous partners attesting to the capability to achieve.

Evaluation Criteria

The City will use standard criteria to evaluate all proposals. The evaluation will be conducted by a committee of City staff and officials, and a recommendation will be made to the Board of City Commissioners for the final selection of a proposal.

The following criteria, not in any particular order of priority, will be used:

  1. Whether the proposal adheres to goals, objectives, guidelines, and standards established in plans, ordinances, and other policies adopted by the Board of City Commissioners relevant to this request.
  2. Whether the proposal meets the purpose of this request as stated in the base project section on Page 5.
  3. Whether optional purposes stated in Page 5 are addressed.
  4. The level of investment made and its long-term effect on the property and sales tax base of the City. (Projects that will be owned by non-profits will not be penalized but will be evaluated in terms of other benefits to the community and surrounding area).
  5. The demonstrated ability of the development team to complete the project as proposed, including previous experience, knowledge of the market, and financial capacity.
  6. The ability of the development team to complete the project in a timely manner.
  7. The amount of the purchase offer and the effect of any alternative funding mechanisms used, if any, on the City.
  8. The overall quality of the proposal and the adherence to the submittal requirements outlined in this request.

Full RFP Document

Publication Date/Time:
4/28/2022 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
6/14/2022 4:00 PM
Submittal Information:
Proposals will be received by the City of Bismarck Administration , 221 N 5th Street, Bismarck, ND
Contact Person:
Jason Tomanek,
Assistant City Administrator
City of Bismarck
221 North 5th Street
P.O. Box 5503
Bismarck, ND 58501
Business Hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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