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Joint Development
 
Introduction

Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter from Metro’s Joint Development team! This newsletter will provide quarterly updates on what the Joint Development department is up to, including upcoming outreach efforts, solicitations, and general project updates.

This first issue is a primer for learning more about the JD Program and the many ways you can engage with us. In future newsletters, you can expect to read about status updates on our projects, community meeting dates, success stories, and other news.

If you're receiving this, it means you showed interest in Metro's JD Program at some point, whether that was through attending a past community meeting, contacting one of our staff, or signing up to receive emails through our website. You can monitor the additional information you receive by letting us know specific projects or geographic areas you are interested in, or if you would like to receive notice of solicitation opportunities.

  • If you would like to receive regular updates, beyond this newsletter, about outreach efforts and active projects within a specific geographic region, please email us.
  • If you are a developer interested in pursuing joint development on Metro-owned properties, sign up here to receive notices about our upcoming opportunity sites.   
  • If you would like to unsubscribe from these quarterly newsletters, please click unsubscribe below. You will be unsubscribed from all notices from the Joint Development Program.

 

Navigating the Joint Development Website
The JD website was revamped in June 2015 to be a comprehensive resource for those interested in our work and is updated monthly with progress and information on Metro JD projects. Here's a quick navigation guide to using our website:
  • Transit Oriented Communities: The Joint Development Program falls under the broader umbrella of "Transit Oriented Communities." Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) represent a comprehensive, holistic approach to transit oriented development and focus on creating compact, walkable, and bikeable places in a community context. Metro adopted the Transit Oriented Communities Demonstration Program in September 2015. On the TOC Homepage, you can link to the Joint Development Program, other Transit Supportive Planning Programs, and our Affordable Housing Policies.
  • Joint Development: On the JD webpage, you can access helpful information about our program:
    • Interactive Map: This map shows where our projects are spatially, classifies their project status in the JD process, and provides basic project information, such as acreage and a brief description of the (anticipated) development. It also includes contact information for the designated project manager.
    • Active Projects: Projects that are active and moving through the JD Process have their own webpages. These sites share detailed project updates and information, community meeting dates and any materials, presentations, or Board actions related to the projects. Active projects are organized by geographic area:
    • "Program Info" is the first category in the yellow sidebar on the right side of the website. This contains essential documents that guide our program, including the Joint Development Policy and Joint Development Process.  

This guide taps into the basic tenets of our website. Please feel free to explore the rest of the site to learn more about Metro's Joint Development program and other efforts to support Transit Oriented Communities.

 
Joint Development Policy

In July 2015, Metro updated the Joint Development Policy from its previous 2009 version. This policy includes the Metro Board of Directors' requirement to establish a portfolio-wide goal of 35% affordable housing units for all joint development housing projects. For more information about the Affordable Housing policy, see here.

Another update will be presented to the Metro Board in January 2016, and will include a new policy on Unsolicited Proposals.

 
Upcoming Project Activity

We have a busy first quarter planned for 2016! 

Development Guidelines are the first step in the Joint Development Process.  In the first quarter of 2016 we will be starting community outreach to create Development Guidelines for three JD sites:

Crenshaw/LAX Line

  • Expo and Crenshaw Station (City of Los Angeles)
  • Fairview Heights Station (City of Inglewood)

Eastside Gold Line

  • Mariachi Plaza

In addition, in this first quarter of 2016 we are continuing negotiations and community engagement on three sites on the Eastside Gold Line: 1st and Lorena, 1st and Soto, and Cesar Chavez and Soto. We are exploring opportunities at the El Monte Station on the Silver Line and the Duarte Station on the Gold Line Foothill Extension, as well as the Regional Connector's 1st and Central Station in Little Tokyo. Also in the first quarter we expect to receive responses to the Request for Proposals for the North Hollywood Station from our two short-listed developers, Greenland USA and Trammell Crow.  A recommended developer will be announced toward the end of the second quarter of 2016.

 
Upcoming Solicitations

Interested in working with us? Look out for these solicitations on the horizon:

  • Joint Development Bench: This Request for Information and Qualifications (RFIQ) is to develop a technical bench of firms to provide the JD department with professional services and assistance on tasks related to the joint development of Metro-owned properties. In particular, we seek qualified firms with expertise in the following disciplines: community outreach; urban, architectural, and wayfinding design; financial feasibility; and grant writing.
  • "On Call" Contract for Financial Advisor Services: This Request for Proposals (RFP) is to develop an "on call" contract with a qualified financial consulting firm to provide the JD department with professional financial review, financial structuring, and negotiation services as the need arises. The timeframe of the proposed contract is three years.
  • "On Call" Contract for Urban Design/Architectural Services: This RFP is to develop an "on call" contract with a qualified urban design/architecture firm to assist the JD department with site planning, feasibility studies, and design review for potential Metro joint development projects as the need arises.  The timeframe of the proposed contract is three years.

Please check for upcoming solicitations at this site.  

 
Contacting Us

We are always available to answer questions you may have about Metro's Joint Development Program. You can reach us at jointdevelopment@metro.net. If you'd like to identify the contact person for a specific JD project, please find the project on the Interactive Map and click for further information.

Happy New Year!
The Metro Joint Development Team

 
 

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