TOWNSHIP OF WEST WINDSOR
Request for Qualifications and Proposals
For the Preparation Of a
10:00 A.M. -- April 24, 2006
Questions Asked and Answered
Q. Where are the Municipal Complex and the new Toll Brothers’ Development located?
Q. Is there anyone from the Township with whom firms can meet in advance of the May 30, 2006 deadline to discuss the RFQ/P and the Township’s vision for the project?
A. No. In fairness to other prospective planners, the firms will have to rely on the comprehensive Request for Qualifications and Proposals document, the Township’s general information session held on April 24, 2006, and any information about the project posted on the Township Web Site.
Q. Are you precluded from working with a Redeveloper if hired by the Township?
Q. What is the estimated schedule for the project?
Q. How many Charrettes are anticipated?
Q. Is there State funding available?
A. The Township has received a grant from the NJ Office of Smart Growth in the amount of $55,000. The Township is actively seeking additional funding from any/all federal, state, county, local, and other sources.
Q. What is the existing zoning in the Area in Need of Redevelopment?
Q. Is the local community supportive of this project?
Q. Is it necessary for the selected firm to achieve public support for the project?
A. It is anticipated that the selected firm will work with the Township to build consensus through an open, participatory planning process that involves residents, local businesses, and other stakeholders.
Q. Is the use of “small business” included in the project goals?
Q. Will the Township be taking advantage of the Redevelopment Area Bond Act?
Q. Is there a “prediction” in regards to what the Mayor and Council want to see for this area (e.g., Mixed Use)?
A. The Township is looking to create a mixed-use, Town Center, and/or Transit Village concept that successfully blends retail, commercial and/or residential uses unique to West Windsor.
Q. What will be the involvement of NJ Transit in this project?
Q. What will be the involvement of the development community in the project?
Q. What will be the total budget for services?
Q. Will there be a steering committee?
Q. Will there be a community center or specific municipal function included in the project?
A. The Township anticipates areas for public use including pocket parks, common areas, and/or other types of amenities. The Township may also need to locate a fire or emergency services substation in the Area in Need of Redevelopment. It is also anticipated that there will be a need for parking structures to service the needs of the train station and other offerings of the area.
Q. Are we looking for one firm or a team?
A. Either. Ultimately it will be a managed team. This team will be working for the Township not a Redeveloper. There will be a need for an urban design exercise, traffic analysis, market analysis, and economic analysis. Although ratables are important, it should not be designed as another Metropark. Traffic issues need to be addressed with an enhanced network and all elements need to hold together seamlessly. The team will need to work with and involve all governmental agencies and the West Windsor-Plainsboro School Board.
Q. Can a firm be a participant in more than one proposal? Can the primary firm also be a sub to another primary?
A. Yes. A firm can be a part of more than one planning team, (e.g., traffic consultant, economic market analyst, and architect).
Q. Do subs need to fill out the forms as well?
Q. If the electronic submission is by the deadline, can the paper original and nine copies follow later?