Call for Statements of Qualifications
The Lancaster County Land Bank Authority (Land Bank) wishes to establish a roster of prequalified contractors and developers from which to solicit bids for renovation of blighted properties as they become available through the Land Bank. Typically, these will be smaller residential or commercial properties, some in townships and some in boroughs, that have been acquired by the Land Bank. Many have been certified as blighted or condemned by the municipality as unfit for human habitation. Some may have environmental problems or other conditions that fail to meet code. The purpose of this program is to make properties available to qualified developers who will renovate them and return them to active use.
Background on the Land Bank
The Land Bank was established in June, 2016 by an ordinance of the Lancaster County Commissioners. It is an independent public authority charged with remediating blight and preparing obsolete land uses for redevelopment. Only properties within municipalities that have joined the Land Bank are eligible for acquisition.
Administrative support for the Land Bank is provided by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster. Statements of Qualifications should be submitted to:
Director, Housing and Community Development
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster
202 N. Prince Street, Suite 400
Lancaster, PA 17603
The process will be open ended; firms may submit qualifications at any time following issuance of this notice.
Questions may be addressed to Mr. Eby at (717)394-0793 Ext. 225 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon acquiring a property, the developer will enter into a Redevelopment Agreement with the Land Bank stipulating the preferred uses for the building and standards for renovation. The agreement will include benchmarks for completion and other performance guarantees as appropriate. If these standards are not met, the property may revert back to the Land Bank.
Properties may be put out for bid individually or in groups, as deemed appropriate by the Land Bank. The first opportunity to bid will be granted to developers who have responded to this Call for Statements of Qualifications and have been prequalified by the Land Bank. A general request for bids will only be issued if a developer is not found among the established roster.
The award of projects will be decided at the discretion of the Land Bank. Inclusion on the roster will assure the developer will have an opportunity to bid, but the Land Bank reserves the right to award the project to whichever firm they deem best qualified, whether listed on the roster or not.
Standards for Qualifications
The Land Bank will give major consideration to the following factors:
- An overview of the firm’s specialties and areas of competence, including a statement of technical areas for which they would like to be considered.
- Biographies of principals and specialists who would oversee work performed by the firm.
- The developer’s proven track record of renovating comparable blighted or obsolete properties in Lancaster County. Samples of past work should be submitted.
- References from private or municipal clients attesting to the developer’s reliability and quality of work.
- A statement confirming that the firm is fully insured.
Subsequently, each bid received for an individual property must include updated proof of financial ability to perform, as well as confirmation of the ability to execute the project in a timely manner.