Request for Qualifications for Development of Civic Center

The Town of Windsor seeks a developer with excellent qualifications to help us realize our Civic Center vision. The selected developer will be expected to deliver a mixed-use development that achieves the Town’s goals for Block A (pictured to the right) of the Civic Center Visioning Plan, in the furtherance of the Civic Center Master Plan. The selection process consists of two parts:

Part 1 requires submittal of a statement of qualifications, from which the Town will select a short list of developer candidates. 

Part 2 consists of an interview and submittal of a more detailed proposal in response to an RFP. 

This RFQ grows out of Windsor’s plans for a vital downtown area, including rethinking its Civic Center area north of the Town Green. The Station Area/Downtown Specific Plan, adopted in 2012, established a framework for an expanded downtown core. The Windsor Civic Center Visioning Plan (February 2017) provides more detailed and current urban design guidance for land north of the Town Green. The RFQ pertains to Block A, as defined in the Visioning Plan, a 0.64-acre parcel that currently includes the Huerta Gymnasium and surface parking.

Key Dates (Updated January 22, 2018):

  • January 16, 2018: Indicate intention to respond to the RFQ
  • February 5, 2018: Pre-Submittal meeting - Presentation
  • February 12, 2018: Final date for Applicants to submit questions
  • February 19, 2018: Town of Windsor will post questions and responses to all intended Applicants
  • March 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.: Final date for submission of qualifications
  • March 22, 2018: Town of Windsor to identify up to three finalists to submit detailed proposals and interview

Please deliver five bound copies, one additional unbound copy, and an additional electronic copy on CD or a thumb drive, no later than 4:00 PM on March 5, 2018. Postmarks will not be accepted. Copies shall be addressed to:

John Jansons, Town Manager
Town of Windsor
9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Bldg. 400
P.O. Box 100
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 838-1000

Block A
Block A Potential

The Block A building diagram featured in the Civic Center Visioning Plan and in the RFQ shows a conceptual project with ground-floor retail, a 70-room hotel with conference space, 20 residential studios, and a rooftop café. The parking analysis actually assumes a smaller 40-room hotel, and adds co-working offices to the mix. The Visioning Plan includes economic feasibility analysis of each of these program types, including both 40- and 70-room hotels. These and many other program mixes may be explored by a Developer team. While the parking analysis done for this RFQ uses a specific program, it is important to note that the assumed parking ratio for hotel, conference, retail, and office uses is the same, at 1 space per 500 sq. ft. This means that shifting floor area between these uses would not affect expected parking requirements following the Institute for Traffic Engineers’ guidelines for shared parking.

Town Green