Request for Interest (RFI) for the Acquisition and Redevelopment of the 348-364 Main Street Property
Issued: October 3, 2018
Proposals Due: November 2, 2018 @ 4pm
Pre-submission site meeting: October 15 @ 3pm or Thursday, October 18 @ 9am (registration required)
Through this Request for Interest (RFI), the 348-364 Main Street Master Planning Committee, on behalf of the Town of Acton, is seeking statements of interest from qualified development teams to purchase and redevelop the 348-364 Main Street property.
The focus of this solicitation is on statements of interest and associated development concepts, the qualifications of the development team, and approach to investigating with the town a financially feasible redevelopment.
Those interested in submitting a statement of interest in response to the RFI should, at a minimum, address the Submittal Requirements outlined on page 10 of this RFI.
Responses are due at the Town Manager’s office no later than the day at time listed on the cover sheet and addressed to:
472 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720
6 Isaac David Way
10 Isaac Davis Way
24 Hayward Road
18 Hayward Road
370 Main Street
366 Main Street
348-364 Main Street Master Planning Committee
The Town of Acton acquired the subject site after a developer applied for a site plan special permit for a 20,000 sf commercial day care facility under the Dover Amendment. The proposal was denied by the Acton Board of Selectmen, and after an appeal and litigation, the Town ended up with the land. The purchase price was $1.8m, which included the $1.225m appraisal price and a $600,000 settlement paid to the developer.
The site includes five parcels of land, bisected by a private right-of-way, Isaac Davis Way. Isaac Davis Way does not allow vehicular access to Main Street, but the right-of-way must be maintained for public safety purposes. Two of the five parcels are home to Kennedy Landscaping, which entered into a lease agreement with the Town after acquisition. The houses that once occupied the other lots were razed by the developer who proposed the day care center.
The Town acquired the property in January 2016 after a November 2015 Town Meeting vote to appropriate funds for the purchase. On May 9, 2016, the Acton Board of Selectmen voted to approve a charge to create a 348-364 Main Street Master Plan Special Committee, comprised primarily of representatives from other Town committees. The Committee is charged with considering options for future use of the property and to make written recommendations to the Selectmen.
The Committee began meeting in August 2016. After working with a landscape designer to help visualized the Committee’s ideas for the property, a public forum was held on June 28, 2017 to discuss potential land use options for the site. Five different re-use concepts were presented at the forum. There is a presentation located at http://doc.acton-ma.gov/dsweb/View/Collection-9117 that goes into more detail. The concepts presented include:
Approximately 40 people attended the public forum and all were asked to vote for their preferred scenarios. Scenario #4 (boutique inn/restaurant) received the most votes, followed scenario #5 (enhance existing land use).
In making the Property available for potential purchase and redevelopment, the Town of Acton seeks to achieve the following key goals:
1) Thoughtful reuse (provides something the community wants/needs)
2) Feasibility (not just an idea, but an implementable idea)
3) Environmental concerns (SITES initiative)
4) Sustainability (fiscal, environmental, social)
5) Neighborhood concerns (traffic impacts)
6) Acts as a gateway to historic Acton Center
Submittal Instructions, Site Tour
Submit one original signed statement of interest and a digital copy in either Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) format and submitted to:
472 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720
The committee will schedule additional site tours in the event more than 20 participants register. Upon arrival at the property, all attendees must sign in with Town staff and provide a business card with contact information. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the property, ask clarifying questions, and meet each other.
The Town may offer oral comments or responses to questions asked at the site tour, but such comments or responses will not modify the terms of the RFI. In the event the Town determines that formal clarification or modification to the RFI is warranted, the Town will issue a written Addendum to this RFI.
All material changes or clarification of any matter contained in this RFI will be published in the form of a written addendum at this location on the Town website: www.actonma.gov/rfp.
Statements of Interest should, at a minimum, provide the following information:
In evaluating responses, the Town will consider how the proposed project advances the Project Goals described in this RFI. The Town may request additional information and conduct interviews with responders as part of the evaluation process. This RFI may lead to one of the following outcomes:
The RFI process is being undertaken to gauge the interest of developers and other interested parties in the redevelopment and reuse of the 348-364 Main Street property. However, no award will be made at the conclusion of this process and no proponent will be given priority or advantage with respect to the final disposition of the site. All proposals will be reviewed for the purpose of determining how best to develop a RFP for the site disposition, which RFP will be issued in accordance with the requirements of M.G.L. 30B, sec. 16 and shall be open to all proposers in accordance with the requirements of the RFP and applicable law.
Additional Information Sources
348-364 Main Street Master Planning Special Committee web page:
Public Forum Presentation:
Acton Geographic Information System (GIS) Map Viewer:
Acton Zoning Bylaw: