Bids & Proposals

RFP - Former Public Works Department Site, 98 Penobscot Street, Town of Orono

Start Date: March 26, 2024
End Date: April 26, 2024
Type: Requests for Proposals (RFP)
Email: mstone@orono.org

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Former Public Works Department Site
98 Penobscot Street
Town Of Orono
March, 2024
Purpose of Request: The Town of Orono is excited to announce that it is accepting
proposals for the redevelopment of the former Public Works Facility site located at 98
Penobscot Street in Orono, Maine. Nestled in the east side of town near the University
of Maine, dense student housing areas, quiet residential areas, and an extensive
recreational trails system; the Town is excited to explore options with interested
developers to repurpose this property. Successful proposals will meet the Town's goals
to support environmentally responsible development that can build community, provide
opportunity for affordable housing and small business growth, and support continued
expansion of the tax base consistent with the comprehensive plan.
Deadline for Response: A proposal that responds to all aspects of this request for
proposals (RFP) marked “98 Penobscot St Redevelopment Proposal” or via email
is due by 4:00 pm April 30, 2024. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all
responses to this request and, if deemed necessary, re-open the search.
Send Response to:
Orono Town Office
Attn: 98 Penobscot St Redevelopment Team
59 Main Street
Orono, ME 04473
or, via email with the subject line “98 Penobscot St Redevelopment Proposal”
to:Mitch Stone, Economic Development Director at mstone@orono.org
Contact for Questions:
Mitch Stone, Director, Office of Community Development
mstone@orono.org

Background:
The former site of the Orono Public Works Department located at 98 Penobscot Street
in Orono, identified on the Town of Orono's Tax Map 20 as Lots 8 & 9, and further
described in Book 1956, Page 30 at the Penobscot County Registry of Deeds ("Site'')
has been unoccupied since the Town moved Public Works operations to a newly
constructed facility in December of 2015.


The Site consists of two parcells totalling approximately 3.47 acres, and has historically
been used as a municipal public works facility. The Site is adjacent to residential
properties in an area of primarily residential development and includes the former Public
Works Garage - a 7,000 square foot maintenance building. The building is a metal
sheathed building with a steel member frame and is served with three phase power,
domestic water from the Orono-Veazie Water District, and has an available connection
to the Town’s sanitary sewer system via a pump station located on-site.
In preparation for redeveloping the site, the Town has conducted two environmental site
assessments:
● Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Town of Orono Public Works Facility, 98
Penobscot Street, Orono, Maine, March 15,2012, Sebago Technics; and
● Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, Former Town of Orono Public Works

Facility, 98 Penobscot Street, Orono, Maine, March 29, 2017 (and revised October
5,2017), Sebago Technics.
Using this information, the Town pursued protections provided by the Voluntary
Response Action Program (VRAP) law administered by the Maine Department of
Environmental Protection (MDEP).
The Town successfully completed the requirements for the program and was issued a
No Action Assurance Letter (NAAL) in February of 2018. As part of the DEP review
process, proposed future development of the Site included commercial/industrial use,
managed multi-unit residential development, single-family housing, and mixed use
comprising two or more of these use types as allowed in the C-2 zoning district.
Contract zoning for other uses may be allowed with the Town Council’s approval and
DEP review.
Strategies outlined in the NAAL for assuring safe use of the site and to prevent the
migration or transfer of potential contamination may include removal of contaminated
media, institutional controls, and/or engineering controls. Most use scenarios will require
a groundwater use restriction that would not allow the installation of a drinking water
well and a soil management plan for guiding the handling of spoils from intrusive site
work. In addition, each of the proposed reuse scenarios would require a different set of
institutional and/or engineering controls. For example:
● Commercial/industrial uses of the Site may require only maintenance of existing
cover and a digging restriction.
● A managed multi-unit residential development or mixed commercial/multi-unit
residential use scenario may be feasible with thinner cover consisting of more
carefully designed and maintained landscape features, paved surfaces, and
property use restrictions.
● Single-family housing may require a 24" soil cover system to prevent contact with
untested surface soils. The cover system would be paired with periodic
inspection and a digging restriction.
Some of these restrictions could be removed pending an exhaustive soil testing plan
that eliminates the risk associated with the property’s previous use and is approved by
Maine DEP.
Documentation for both Environmental Site Assessments and the NAAL for the VRAP
process are available upon request.
In March of 2019, the Town engaged a consultant to conduct a fee simple market value
appraisal of the property. In 2019, the report valued the property at $75k -$125k
depending on the type of proposed use. This report is also available upon request.

With all of these assessments and evaluations in-place, the Town is ready to move
forward with the redevelopment of the property. The Town is excited to explore options
with interested developers to repurpose this property. Successful proposals will meet
the Town's goals to support environmentally responsible development that can build
community, provide opportunity for affordable housing and small business growth, and
support continued expansion of the tax base consistent with the comprehensive plan.
Submittal Requirements:
1. Project - Provide detailed information about your project and the proposed
redevelopment plan. This should include enough information for the review
committee to understand the goals of the project and how those goals align with
the goals of the community, what elements of the project will be included in the
development, and the intended uses of the property. Narrative descriptions,
drawings, conceptual designs, and illustrations of the finished product would be
encouraged.
2. Qualifications of the Developer - The Town is interested in working with a
qualified developer to ensure the success of this project; provide information to
support that. Demonstrated successes with other projects, financial stability,
references, letters of support, and resumes outlining qualifications and
certifications of specific development team members would be expected.
3. Purchase & Sale Proposal - Describe the purchase and sale expectations of
the project. Provide proposed terms and conditions, including financial
expectations of the proposal.
4. Timeline - Provide a proposed schedule for the development project
5. Other Information - Provide any other information that can demonstrate why
your proposed project will be the highest and best use of the Site for the Town
and why it would be in the best interest of the Town to move your proposal
forward.
Format -
Written proposals can be submitted at the Town Office as follows:
Orono Town Office
Attn: 98 Penobscot St Redevelopment Team
59 Main Street
Orono, ME 04473
All written proposals must include a pdf digital version of the full proposal on a
USB compatible memory device.
In lieu of a written proposal, pdf digital versions of the full proposal will be
accepted and can be submitted via email with the subject line “98 Penobscot St
Redevelopment Proposal” to:

Mitch Stone, Economic Development Director at mstone@orono.org
Selection Criteria:
All proposals will be reviewed for completeness by Town Staff and then be reviewed by
the Orono Town Council.
At that time, the Town Council may direct staff to set up interviews, ask questions, or
provide feedback to the development team before a decision is made.
The final decision to move forward with a proposed project will be made by the Orono
Town Council.
Any accepted proposal will be subject to Planning Board Review and Code
Enforcement compliance including all applicable state and local permitting, site laws,
building codes, and local ordinances.
Thank you for your consideration of this request for proposals; we look forward
to your response.
59 Main Street, Orono, Maine 04473 ⸱ (207) 866-2556 ⸱ www.orono.org
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