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Oneida County seeks proposals to develop Railway Express Agency Wing

By Eric Reinhardt

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UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. on Aug. 5 announced that Oneida County is accepting requests for expressions of interest (RFEI) in developing the second floor of the Railway Express Agency (REA) Wing at Union Station.

The 4,200-square-foot space is located above the county-owned REA Wing, which houses the Oneida County Public Market, adjacent to Union Station at 321 Main St. in Utica, per an Aug. 5 news release.

Picente first announced the plan to seek development proposals for the space during his State of the County address in March.

“This unique space is ripe for development and I look forward to seeing creative ideas come in as a result of this search,” Picente said in the release. “I believe with the right vision and execution it can really turn into something special and further expand upon the revitalization of Bagg’s Square and downtown Utica.”

Submissions

Respondents to the RFEI must submit a proposal that includes a respondent description with contact information, background information on organizational structure, and the proposed development team.

It must also include a project description. The development plan should include all proposed improvements and uses and their viability, development schedule, employment-generation projections, and applicable tourism impacts.

The proposal also needs to include financial information. The financial data and pro-forma statements should offer a construction budget; sources and uses of project funds; operating cash flows; and a 10-year forecast of project income/funding expenses, capital improvement reserves and any debt-service payments. 

The criteria that Oneida County will consider in selecting a proposal will include the “completeness” and quality of overall response, financial and schedule feasibility, respondent qualifications and experience, and economic impact.

Respondents may participate in an optional site visit scheduled for Aug. 15, Picente’s office said. 

Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Mark Laramie, deputy commissioner of engineering, by email at mlaramie@ocgov.net by Aug. 13.

Proposals must be submitted to Regina Venettozzi in the Oneida County Department of Planning by Sept. 12. 

Those interested can review the REA Wing RFEI by visiting the following website: https://ocgov.net/purchase/availableRFPs.