Community Renewal Area Planning (CRA)

 

Request for Proposal (RFP) Available

Request for Proposal (RFP) to redevelop the City-owned site known as the former Griswold property downtown is now available. On July 12, the City Council adopted Resolutions to approve both the Community Renewal Plan and this RFP. Redevelopment of the former Griswold site will further the City's objectives to create a vibrant downtown that enhances existing businesses and contributes to the social, environmental and economic health of the community. For further information contact Renèe Sunde, Economic Development Director, at 360.753.8591 or rsunde@ci.olympia.wa.us.

  • To learn more, please attend a Griswold RFP Presubmittal Informational Meeting, Friday, August 5, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia

 

Downtown Community Renewal

Downtown park with buildings in backgroundOlympia’s downtown is the urban center for the entire region supporting key arts, entertainment, business and government resources. While Downtown Olympia is an active and vibrant place with fantastic amenities, many feel that it has not fully realized its potential.

The City is using a planning tool known as Community Renewal Area (CRA) to help transform downtown.

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35.81.010(18) provides for the creation of Community Renewal Areas (CRA) where there are significant blighting influences stating, "there is an urgent need to enhance the ability of municipalities to act effectively and expeditiously to revive blighted areas and to prevent further blight due to shocks to the economy of the state and their actual and threatened effects on unemployment, poverty, and the availability of private capital for businesses and projects in the area."


What We Are Doing

The City has an interest in improving the downtown and would like to work more directly with private property owners and the community to develop an action plan to help downtown flourish. To accomplish this the City has:

  • Retained ECONorthwest to assist in conducting an overview of economic development opportunities and market realities in the community. 
  • Formed an Ad Hoc Community Economic & Revitalization Committee to help guide the process consisting of Mayor Pro Tem and Chair Nathaniel Jones, Councilmember Jim Cooper, and Councilmember Julie Hankins.
  • Formed a Citizens Advisory Committee to provide feedback and input to staff and the consultant as the planning process proceeds.
  • On February 3, 2015, the Council passed a Community Renewal Area (CRA) Resolution forming a CRA boundary and directed staff to work with property owners and developers to develop a specific set of actions for which community renewal powers would be appropriate.
  • On July 12, 2016, the Council adopted both the Community Renewal Plan and a Request for Proposal (RFP) to redevelop the City-owned site known as the former Griswold property.

Additonal Information and Resources


2014 Meeting Schedule for the CERC and CAC

Team Agenda Time PM meeting materials
CERC  Dec 4   4:30   
CERC  Nov 6  4:30 City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments


CRA Open House Event
Moving Forward with CRA
CERC
Council
Meeting 
Nov 3  5:30 & 7:00  City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments


CERC Process Summary
Downtown Plan
CRA FAQs
CRA Principles
CERC Oct 21  4:30 City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments


Moving forward with CRA
CERC  Oct 14    4:30  City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments



CRA Development Roundtable Scope
CRA Options
CRA Timeline Options
 
 CERC  Sept 18 6:00

City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments

CRA Process to Date & Plan Development

CERC / CAC  Aug 7  4:30

City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments

Capturing Lessons Learned presentation

CERC  July 21    4:30 City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments
CERC June 12   6:30

Joint meeting with
PC Finance Subcom

City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments

CERC May 29    4:30 City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments
CAC  May 15
Agenda 
6:30   Design Scenarios
CERC  April 21
Agenda 
4:30 City Calendar Agenda
& Attachments
CAC  April 5
Agenda
9:00
a.m.

Urban Design

March 6th Results
Workshop Scope

CERC  March 17
Agenda 
4:30 CRA Economic Chapter
Feasibility Study
Investment Strategy
Workshop Scope
CAC  March 6
Agenda
6:30

Staff Report
ECONW Memo
FAQ 

CERC  March 6
Agenda
4:30  
CERC

Feb 12
Agenda
Minutes

4:30

2B Staff Report
2C Staff Report

CERC  January 30
Agenda
Minutes
4:30  

2013 Meeting Schedule for the CRA - Citizens Advisory Committee

 Agenda
 Time meeting notes other material

 November 20 Agenda

6:30 p.m.  Minutes  

 October 14

Agenda

 

1:00 p.m. Minutes

Comp B Feasibility Study

Options Memo - ECONorthwest

Governance Options

Powers Table - City of Shoreline

Legal Memo - Hugh Spitzer

 October 1

Council Agenda

7:00 p.m.  

Comp A Investment Strategy

Comp B Market Analysis Overview

 September 27, 2013

September 24

Agenda 

5:30 p.m.  

Comp A Investment Strategy

Comp B Status Report & Next Steps

August 29

Agenda 

5:30 p.m. Minutes  

August 23

Agenda

 1:00 p.m.  Minutes

"Draft" Investment Strategy

Project Schedule

 

July 26

Agenda 

1:00 p.m. Minutes

Section 108 Loan Fund Administration
 

 July 8 

Agenda     

 5:30 p.m.   Minutes      

Initial Report - Component B

Downtown Data Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Market Analysis Overview

Component A - Market Analysis Overview

July 1  12:00 Meeting Notes

Discussion of economic redevelopment issues with the Mayor

  

June 24  12:00 Meeting Notes

Discussion of economic redevelopment issues with the Mayor

Citizens Advisory Committee presentation - 06/20/13

City of Shoreline Council meeting - 6/2/13 

City of Shoreline- Community Renewal Powers

June 20    12:00      Meeting Notes

Discussion of economic redevelopment issues with the Mayor
 
June 6 5:30 p.m.

 Minutes

Downtown Olympia Economic Redevelopment Study - ECONorthwest June 6, 2013

City of Olympia Community Building Opportunities
June 6, 2013

Land Assembly and Financing for Community Renewal Projects - A Handbook - Hugh Spitzer, Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC  April, 2002

2013 Community Renewal Area Request For Qualifications (RFQ)  January 3, 2013

Project Schedule 


Questions?

Contact Renèe Sunde, Economic Development Director, at 360.753.8591 or rsunde@ci.olympia.wa.us.