Update: The City Council narrowed the field to three companies, sort of. They have allowed the proposals from Lennar, Trumark and RSVP to move forward. We can’t host them here, but in the document linked below
Lennar is on pages 247-313 (Residential and Hotel)
Trumark is on pages 421-488 (Residential only)
RSVP is on pages 314-328 (Hotel only)
Note that “Residential” really may include retail, commercial and live-work space.
Understand that Lennar is more of a collection than a single bidder. There is Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) that is a real estate investment company. Lennar Corporation (LEN) is a homebuilder, and Lennar Multifamily Ventures (LMV), an equity fund. In addition it has Quattro Realty Group, and The Compass Project, which is essentially a one-person consultant group for the hotel side of the proposal. They also have LPAS, an architectural firm. Objectively, they do not have a hotel developer, just a person who presumably can find them.
Trumark is similarly cobbled. They comprise Trumark Homes, the Dahlin Group (architecture) and Gates (landscape architecture). They did not bring in a hotel consultant. Their residential and retail proposal was clearly interesting to both audience and council. They did not get as many votes as Lennar based on perceived capability and the lack of a hotel, but everyone liked their vision. They did not however include much public gathering space nor features to activate the interior paseos.
RSVP is a husband/wife team, second generation in the hotel business. They have been decidedly mid-market, but are partnering with Hilton for this project.
Update: The city has released the 7 proposals that made their first cut. It is a big file, but you can download it here:
This is the whole agenda, but the staff report starts on page 99. It contains the full submittal from each group. There are a lot of pages in some of the proposals, but most are boilerplate. Look for the specifics of the Livermore plan, usually 2 to 10 pages in each proposal.
This first image highlights the area addressed by the RFP (Request for Proposal) from the City (Download RFP Here). As you imagine what our downtown core might look like, note that the RFP talks about residential and commercial space as well as a hotel and conference/event space. Make sure to include space for parking, as well as open space between the structures that will surely be the focus of many discussions. Imagine the possibilities.
We encourage you to think creatively. Condos, offices and shops are necessities of our modern world, but what would you like to see that tickles your soul or tweaks your imagination? A sculpture garden where lighting changes the artwork by the minute? A truly innovative fountain (call it a water feature to get more respect) above the promenade? A gallery of tomorrow’s technology and today’s art? Music, responsive to pedestrians? Resources for visitors, residents, or alien life forms? A rooftop cafe or garden? Tell us what you think would make this downtown into the kind of place around which visitors plan trips and residents continually rediscover their love for hometown. This is our chance to craft the absolute center of our town – let your voice be heard.
If you have gotten this far, you undoubtedly care about downtown parking. Prosaic as it is, we have to arrive conveniently and find practical access to the heart of the city. Here is the parking map from the Colliers RFP prepared for the city. One council member has noted that we don’t have a parking problem, we have a walking problem. We might tend to agree, but what are your thoughts on how many blocks are a reasonable walk from parking to destination?
Hopefully we have given you a few things to think about. The city will be conducting open forums for the public to address these and many more issues with the downtown development on February 8 and 9, 7:00pm, at Council Chambers. Feb. 8 will be a presentation of the plans, Feb. 9 will be the public input. We want your thoughts to reach the decision makers’ ears. That’s the only way we will get the downtown, indeed the city, we deserve.