Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP #2020-1: Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Housing Market Analysis Study
Issue Date: February 12, 2020

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) is soliciting proposals to perform a Regional Housing Market Analysis Study, to include the Counties of Franklin and Roanoke (incorporating the Towns of Boones Mill, Rocky Mount, and Vinton respectively), and the Cities of Roanoke and Salem. The RVARC invites qualified vendors to submit proposals to perform a market rate housing demand analysis and development strategy.

Sealed proposals will be received until 4:00 p.m., EST on Friday, February 28, 2020. A full copy of the RFP may be obtained here.

All inquiries for information should be directed to:

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Attn: Bryan Hill, Regional Planner III, Project Manager
313 Luck Avenue, SW
Roanoke, VA  24016
Phone: 540-343-4417

Proposals must be mailed, or hand delivered to the name and address shown above and clearly marked with the notation: “Proposal – Housing Market Study, RFP #2020-1” and the opening time and date on the front of the sealed envelope or package. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted.

MBEIWBE Statement: The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority and Women owned firms are encouraged to submit RFPs.

Selection of a firm will be performed in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act.

Questions for RFP #2020-1: Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Housing Market Analysis Study

Potential RFP respondents were allowed to ask questions. Those questions, and the responses, are provided in the below table:

1. Will there be public presentations that the consultant will have to make?1. Yes, there will be a formal presentation to the RVARC Board at the conclusion of the study, as well as study stakeholder group presentations of the draft study. Other public meetings may be held.
2. Is there an apartment builders association in the region?2. Yes, the Roanoke Valley Apartment Association, as well as the Roanoke Lynchburg Regional Apartment Council.
3. Is the suggested start date of February and end date of September set, or is there any flexibility to shift the start and end date?3. No, this is a tentative timeline which is contingent upon consultant selection and grant award.
4. Is there an established budget for this project based on the grant application submitted?4. There is a tentative budget with not-to-exceed amounts of $20,000 per locality included in the study.
5. Do you envision the five “items” to be individual market study reports or are you looking for a singular document that covers all five geographies?5. The goal is a singular document covering the five geographies, however, each should be distinct and separate enough to be stand-alone if a locality (ies) adopts or incorporates it into another plan. The RVARC Board will ultimately approve the singular document.
6. Will RVARC assist the consultant with data requests for each of the geographies, assist with identifying stakeholders to survey, and provide GIS data for the production of base maps for each geography?6. Yes. RVARC staff will develop a demographic and economic profile for all four localities, identical to that found in Attachment 1 of the RFP. The RVARC will assist in coordinating with stakeholders to survey, and provide GIS data.
7. How many specific site assessments should be performed for the entire study?7. Each locality should have three (3) sites upon which to focus, however, an initial assessment of sites, would likely exceed that number. All total, with the four localities in the study, 12 sites should be thoroughly assessed. This requirement can be found in the RFP’s Scope of Study in I., e. on pages 9, 11, 13, and 15.



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