Proposal Requirements 

2013 School Repurposing - Submit an Idea

What does it mean to “Submit an Idea?”

CPS welcomes public participation in the repurposing process and encourages both members of the community and those interested in acquiring a property to submit their ideas for the buildings’ reuse.

To submit an idea, please complete the CPS School Repurposing Idea Form below. In order to facilitate an open and public discussion, any information submitted through the online Form will be posted publicly for each building.

Please note that the information and ideas submitted on this website are for discussion only and are not considered formal proposals for the acquisition or reuse of any building. CPS anticipates issuing a separate public bid solicitation in the summer of 2014 which will solicit formal proposals for consideration.

Considerations for Repurposing

The Advisory Committee has identified minimum criteria for consideration of any proposal:

  • Strength and capacity of team: Proposers must have the skills and capacity needed to implement the project
  • Experience with similar projects: Proposers must have demonstrated experience in successfully implementing similar projects
  • Financial viability: Proposals must be financially viable and sustainable
  • Demonstrated community support: Proposals must have the support of the community
  • Benefit to community: Proposals must provide a benefit to the community, such as employment opportunities, health care, housing, access to fresh produce, etc.
  • Relevance to existing plans: Greater consideration shall be given to proposals that clearly advance existing community or citywide plans
  • Use complementary with surrounding neigh­borhood: Greater consideration shall be given to proposals that clearly align with the surrounding neighborhood by, for example, maintaining similar residential densities or compatible commercial uses
  • Vibrancy and security: Greater consideration shall be given to uses that either create a sense of street-level vibrancy or provide an increased element of security
  • Timeframe for implementation: Greater consid­eration shall be given to projects that can begin relatively quickly
  • Acceptance of redevelopment agreement: Greater consideration shall be given to proposals that accept the terms and conditions of the sample redevelopment agreement included with the offering
  • MBE/WBE participation: Greater consideration shall be given to proposals that provide significant and meaningful opportunities for participation by minority- and women-owned businesses
  • Opportunities for local hiring during construc­tion: Greater consideration shall be given to pro­posals that provide significant and meaningful op­portunities for local hiring during construction
  • Overall opportunities for hiring post construc­tion: Greater consideration shall be given to pro­posals that provide significant and meaningful op­portunities for hiring post construction
  • Collateral economic benefits: Greater consider­ation shall be given to proposals that provide sig­nificant collateral economic benefits, such as indi­rect job creation or business opportunities for local firms
  • Increased tax generation: Greater consideration shall be given to proposals that generate addition­al tax revenue for the City
  • Other special considerations: Greater consider­ation shall be given to proposals that provide other identifiable benefits to the community
  • All proposals determined to be responsible, responsive, and that meet the above criteria should be referred to the community engagement process prior to acceptance of a proposal by CPS.

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