During Phase II, the City will work with community partners to search for a Master Developer through a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) process. We believe that through this process we can secure a Master Developer to work with city staff to build the much-needed development in Colony Park.
The following community meetings and initiatives have taken place during Phase II.
Community Meeting #3
Community Conversations (May, 2017)
During the month of May, the City met with various organizations to learn more about the qualifications the community feels is most important in a Master Developer. The data collected was used to inform the Request for Qualifications.
Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee (April 21, 2017)
The inaugural meeting for the Northeast Austin Economic Development Committee was held at City Hall. Invitees included key representatives from Northeast Austin community, local businesses and organizations, and special members who play a critical role in the City. An in-depth presentation was provided on the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative. Members will continue to meet periodically through the year to provide innovative ideas and feedback on the work taking place in Colony Park.
Community Meeting #2
Healthy Hearts Fair & Colony Park Development Update (February 14, 2017)
On Valentine's Day, we welcomed the Colony Park community to learn more about the process to solicit a Master Developer. Residents had an opportunity to provide feedback on key priorities and qualities they felt were important to partnering with a Master Developer. Participants were also able to connect with health service providers and learn about locally grown produce through fresh food demonstrations by the Sustainable Food Center.
Colony Park Master Plan Implementation Developer Forum (October 28, 2016)
The Economic Development Department invited a range of real estate developers to participate in an informational forum on the Colony Park Master Plan. City's consultant team members presented information on the project and gathered input on to best to frame the Colony Park Master Plan vision and objectives to ensure a successful solicitation process. Developer's participation in the forum did not affect their eligibility to respond to any future solicitations on this project.
Community Meeting #1
National Night Out & Development Kick-Off (October 18, 2016)
This event launched the Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative Implementation process. In conjunction with National Night Out, the event featured food and games for youth, a community resource fair, an interactive survey, and updates on the Colony Park District Park. Key City of Austin representatives, including Council Member Ora Houston (District 1), gave an official welcome.