The City of Morro Bay (City) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals and entities
(Proposer) to redevelop Lease Site 49/49W and Lease Sites 50-51/50W-51W, public land and water located at 431 Embarcadero and 451 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, currently operating as vacant land and vacation rentals, and hereinafter referred to as the “Property” or the “Site.” The Site includes land and water lease sections and will be available for long-term lease after Concept Plans for the selected Proposer’s proposal are approved and a lease negotiated and executed. The term (length) and conditions of the long-term lease to be awarded as a result of this Request for Proposals (RFP) will be negotiable, depending on the investment and redevelopment plan of the Proposer. The subsequent lease agreement will become effective once approved by the City Council.
The Morro Bay City Council has determined it is in the best interest of the City and public to consider redevelopment proposals for the Site. The City desires to have the Property redeveloped to continue to provide affordable visitor-serving opportunities that provide access to the bay, as well as an economic return to the City, while meeting modern design criteria that incorporate current planning and building codes for uses that are the most beneficial to the Embarcadero visitor-serving and business environments.
Key Objectives with the RFP are design improvements that include:
Best and highest use of both the land and water portions of the Site to maximize revenues and return on investment.
Improved view shed and façade.
Adds to overall tourism draw.
Restore and/or enhance the environment, where applicable.
Incorporation of an independent public restroom on the Site, if practical.
Include safety enhancements in the area, where applicable.
Proposals must conform to the City’s Downtown Waterfront Strategic Plan and Local Coastal Program, including, but not limited to:
Minimum 8-foot wide sidewalks and 10-foot wide lateral public access along the waterfront
Architectural, and perhaps functional, emphasis on fishing village / marine heritage / working waterfront / national estuary themes.
Incorporation of sustainability or “LEED” features, such as (but not limited to) solar, rainwater retention, drought-tolerant landscaping, recycling and waste management and stormwater runoff best management practices.
The City desires to solicit proposals to ensure maximization of public benefit from redevelopment and a long-term lease agreement for the Site. To do so, it is seeking Proposers who have the proven experience, financial resources, and professional expertise to deliver the highest quality and economically feasible project that is consistent with and best implements the land and water uses outlined in the City’s Downtown Waterfront Strategic Plan, General Plan, Local Coastal Program, Harbor Department Lease Management Policy and City Council Goals and Objectives.
Please review attached RFP document for all pertinent bidding information.