City solicits private bids for Chason Park expansion project

Published 4:45 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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Would you like to be part of a project that compliments the Chason Park expansion project? The City of Bainbridge is seeking a private sector partner to redevelop property located at 470 Donalson Street. This property, which once served as headquarters for the City of Bainbridge Leisure Services Department, is surrounded on four sides by publicly owned property and sits immediately adjacent to Chason Park on a bluff overlooking the majestic Flint River.

This is a unique opportunity for a private investor to help in reimagining this property as the site of a multistory mixed-use infill development. The city envisions a three-story brick masonry building overlooking the river. A successful proposal will include street level dining, small retail spaces and upper floor residential apartments or lofts as a part of the redevelopment.
At a minimum proposals should include:

• A minimum three (3) million dollar letter of credit from a bank or other financial institution.
• Renderings of the proposed development.
• A list of your project team members.
• A project schedule.
• A project budget.

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Those interested in submitting a proposal should do so no later than close of business on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Proposals should be submitted to:

Mr. Roy Oliver
Chason Park Project
City of Bainbridge
P.O Box 158
Bainbridge, Georgia 39818

Preference will be given to developers who reside or do business in Decatur County.

To begin the visioning process for this site, the city recently engaged the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to locate a comparable infill development that could be used as an example of what the city envisions for the redevelopment of 470 Donalson Street. A building located in the Glenwood Park neighborhood of Atlanta and located at 924 Garrett Street was selected for this purpose. While the city does not expect or require that the redevelopment look exactly like this building, the infill model used includes first floor restaurant and retail space and 16 units of upper story housing with approximately 700-1100 sq. foot per residential unit. With an overall building footprint of 60’ x 140’, the existing structure could fit comfortably within the existing lot. The elegant simplicity of this building design offers flexibility. Units could be enlarged to occupy the full footprint of the model development or the footprint could be reduced in size to maintain eight upper story units. Residential units feature large windows and balconies overlooking the expanded park and the Flint River. Street front restaurant and retail spaces are shown with large windows and elements like outdoor café tables to take advantage of the park setting along the river. New trees and landscaping throughout help tie the development to the surrounding park. Parking for retail or restaurant patrons could be located across the street at the planned parking area included in the park expansion site plan. Surface parking could be supplemented with a limited number of on-street spaces or an expanded small rear lot with access from the adjacent Decatur County Senior Center building.