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CCDC Puts Out Call for Civic Center Makeover

The Centre City Development Corp. announced July 31 that it has issued a nationwide request for qualifications for the possible redevelopment of the Civic Center Complex in downtown San Diego.

The site includes the city’s administration building at 202 C St., the development services center, city concourse building, Civic Theatre and Evan Jones Parkade.

“Public and private partnerships in redeveloping city administration facilities have become models across the country,” said CCDC Chairman Fred Maas. “Exploring a possible redevelopment project that replaces our aging City Hall, cuts costs, consolidates our operations and improves efficiency levels could be a win for San Diegans.”

The city has had to lease privately owned space for more than 15 years to supplement what is provided in the administration building, which accommodates only 600 employees, according to CCDC, which oversees downtown redevelopment for the city.

Some tidbits from CCDC:

– City offices are located within eight downtown buildings , four of them leased , representing more than 500,000 square feet of leased space.

– Collectively, more than 3,000 employees work in these properties, which include annual leasing costs of $13.5 million.

– Deferred maintenance on the administration building alone is estimated to exceed $10 million.

– With the majority of leases coming due in 2013 and 2014, and rates projected to significantly rise, the RFQ is seen as a “proactive approach” to evaluate possible savings through redevelopment.

Responses are due Oct. 12. A pre-bid conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 6 in the Silver Room of the Community Concourse, 202 C St.

The RFQ can be downloaded from CCDC’s Web site at www.ccdc.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/rfp.home.

, Pat Broderick


Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story gave an inaccurate description of the proposed redevelopment site, provided in error by the CCDC. This version has been corrected.

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