8th and Berks RFP

Division of Housing and Community Development
Philadelphia Housing Authority


8th and Berks Streets – North Central Choice Neighborhood

August 2016

8th and berks plot

The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) are soliciting proposals for a developer to construct affordable rental housing at 8th and Berks Streets near the Temple Regional Rail Station. The site map and legal description are attached to this Request for Proposals as Attachment A.

In April 2014, the Community Design Collaborative completed a community design charrette for this site. The final report is Compass, Connector, Catalyst: Re-Imagining 8th and Berks.  Applicants are encouraged to refer to this plan as a guide.  In July 2014, the City and PHA received a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) grant for the North Central Neighborhood. The 8th and Berks Street site is an integral part of the North Central Choice Neighborhood and applicants are encouraged to review the CNI strategies at http://www.phila.gov/dhcd/neighborhood-resources/choice-neighborhoods/ and propose projects consistent with those strategies.

This RFP is for an affordable rental housing development.  Other eligible components include: senior housing; community space; green infrastructure; and commercial/retail space. Homeownership housing is not eligible under this RFP.   It is anticipated that developers will seek Four Percent or Nine Percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) in its year 2017 Cycle.

The City will provide gap financing with Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund (HTF), federal HOME and/or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. In addition, PHA may make available public housing operating subsidy under its Annual Contributions Contract (ACC).

Proposals received in response to this RFP will be reviewed by an interagency group comprised of representatives of DHCD, PHA, the Commerce Department, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), the Office of Homeless Services and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.  Proposals submitted to the RFP should be generally consistent with the Rental Selection Criteria, Appendix pp. 17-29 in the Year 42 Consolidated Plan.   

CDBG and HOME funds are available to for-profit developers and nonprofit developers.  Housing Trust Fund (HTF) earnings are available only to nonprofit developers.  Since Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments are structured as for-profit entities, nonprofit entities seeking HTF earnings are eligible only if they meet the HTF partnership requirements and other HTF requirements detailed in Attachment B.

Briefing Session

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend a briefing session:

Wednesday, August 10, 11 am
DHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This room is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodations in order to participate are required, please contact James O’Toole at 215-686-9760 (TDD 215-686-9803) or email him at james.o’toole@phila.gov.  Advance notice of 72 hours is required for sign-language interpreter services.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be in the format described above.  An unbound original and six (6) copies of the proposal must be delivered no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 to:

Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Attention:  Melissa Long, Deputy Director


Questions related to the RFP may be directed to Melissa Long, Deputy Director, at melissa.long@phila.gov.  Questions must be submitted in writing by August 22, 2016.  Answers to all questions received will be posted on the DHCD website by August 23, 2016.

Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted and will not be reviewed.  The City assumes no liability for costs incurred in proposal preparation.  The City reserves the right to accept or reject proposals or to seek additional information from any applicant.  The City is under no obligation to award all available funds through this RFP, and reserves the right to reallocate funds between funding categories.

Please download and complete all of the following documents for this RFP.

RFP (includes Attachments B and C)
Attachment A: Site Map and Legal Description
Design Charrette
Exhibit A: Summary Form
Exhibit B: Development Budgets
Exhibit C: Economic Opportunity Plan
Exhibit D: M/W/DSBE Participation and Workforce Commitments
Exhibit E: Contractor’s Certification of Compliance