The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks proposals from individuals, groups or organizations for the agricultural use of a 27,878 square foot (.64 acre) vacant property in S.E. Portland. The property is owned by the City of Portland and managed by BPS to provide a community benefit.
The project goals for the property include:
- Food Production: Through the growing of annual vegetable crops or perennial fruit and nut trees.
- Compatibility: For the project to complement the neighborhood character and incur minimal impact to the surrounding residents.
- Timeliness: For the project to be carried out as expeditiously as possible and to commence by the end of 2016, if not before.
- Community Benefit and Equity: For the project to align with the objective to reduce the consumption of carbon-intensive foods and support a community-based food system. (See page 100 of the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan for more details.)
The applicant selected through this RFP will enter into a long-term lease agreement with the City of Portland for a fee of $1.
Responses to Submitted Questions
June 15, 2016
Q: Will any selection criteria or lease terms pose a disadvantage to individuals with limited English proficiency?
Q: Can applicants receive outside assistance in submitting their RFP?
Q: Can bees be kept on the site?
June 14, 2016
Q: How long is the long-term lease?
A: The term of the lease is totally open-ended and will reflect the needs of the lessee and use of the site. The City prefers a long-term use that is sustainable over decades or even longer in the case of perennial crops. Historically, annual crops have been grown on the Sherrett site under a lease term of seven years with renewal options. The City is currently leasing a property for the creation of an orchard and the lease term is for ten years with two options for 10-year renewals.
June 16, 2016
Q: Can the site can be used for a non-profit program?
A: Anyone is eligible to apply including individuals, non-profit organizations, or for-profit groups.
For further information, contact Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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